SASHA V. DASHA

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SASHA V. DASHA

ALEXANDER (SASHA) KARGALTSEV responds to an unfortunate and offensive editorial depicting Dasha Zhukova, an internationally celebrated curator and media personality, which scandalized the internet this week. The photo depicts Ms. Zhukova sitting on a chair shaped as a black female figure with legs high in the air, strapped by a leather belt. The publication came out on Martin Luther King’s Day, a national holiday in the United States and a symbolic date for racial and social equality worldwide.

In an exclusive statement to OutThere Kargaltsev said: “Dasha Zhukova’s choices for this image are appalling and unacceptable. I felt an immediate urge to respond to such a shocking visual statement by one of the most powerful Russian-speaking cultural entrepreneurs in the world. I was forced to flee my native Russia because of ubiquitous homophobia and xenophobia, and it deeply saddens me to see that racism is now being glamorized and thus made not only acceptable but trendy by the likes of Ms. Zhukova. My own composition reverses the visual injustice and offense perpetrated by that editorial and in a way restores the equality of genders, races, and sexual orientations. Sadly, I understand very well that my work will be seen by most Russians as provocative and inappropriate, while that repulsive image (published on Martin Luther King’s Day of all days in a year) will hardly make anyone over there shake their head.”

ALEXANDER KARGALTSEV is a queer New York City-based photographer, theater and film director, author, and activist. He received critical acclaim for his ASYLUM series depicting gay refugees from Russia, as well as his work in the theatre. Alexander continues to be actively involved with the LGBT immigrant community in New York. Click here for more information about the artist and his work.

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Ivan Savvine

Ivan is a New York City-based art historian, writer, and curator who explores the intersections of arts and politics in his work.

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19 comments

  1. Colum LaVelle
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    while Mr. KARGALTSEV is free to express his views condemning others freedom of expression, he seems unwilling to allow others the same freedom of expression afforded him, preferring instead to express anger and rage, while creating a nice little twist on the work of he artist seems so offended by ….. as a Gay male photographer myself, I can appreciate Mr Kargaktsev’s work while been open to whatever another wishes to express ……

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  12. Tom Rosenzweig
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    Now, after watching your Masterpiece of your Art, i really understand why Putin hates People like you, and i understand why such of your kind has to be treated like old Russia does.

  13. NewSpeak
    Reply

    Hello, i’m really so tired of this crap. why is everything always instantly racist? I’m black myself and the womens chair is an outstanding picture. Its very artistic, the composition is spot on. The colours beautiful. Whats wrong with it?
    If we want to get over the whole racism idea and be truly equal, we black folks really should start to learn to laugh a little bit about ourselves and not take everything so damn serious. We censor good artistst for nothing. So in future we cant see any pictures depicting whites that appear stronger than blacks or the other way around because its instantly racist. Thank you for deciding this for me. How stupid you people are. Not every joke about gays makes one homophobic and not every joke about womens driving skills makes people women haters. Learn to laugh about yourself. The mens chair picture is also incredibly nice. The black model is very handsome. Unfortunately it was released for all the wrong reasons.

  14. mouanga
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