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"Siberian-born artist and writer Slava Mogutin was exiled from Russia for his queer writings and activism at the age of 21. In 1995, he was granted political asylum in the US with the support of Amnesty International and PEN American Center. 

He is the author of two hardcover monographs of photography, Lost Boys and NYC Go-Go, and seven books of writings published in Russian. In the past decade, Mogutin’s photography and multimedia work has been exhibited internationally, including MoMA/P.S.1 and Museum of Art and Design in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, The Haifa Museum of Art in Israel, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC) in Spain. Mogutin’s work has been featured in a wide range of publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, Whitewall, Modern Painters, ArtUS, Vice, i-D, V, Visionaire, L’Uomo Vogue, Stern, and L’Officiel Hommes" (Bio taken from SLAVA MOGUTIN PHOTOGRAPHY Facebook Fan Page.)
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Slava Mogutin - Sticks and Stoned (2011)

"In Slava Mogutin's Suddenly Last Summer, 25 photographic images of male subjects are set in traces of blurred summer color. They are taken with a Holga camera, whose plastic lens delivers the type of experimental accidents for which Jack Smith and Stan Brakhage strove. The resulting light-leaks and double-exposures allow Mogutin a new impressionist vision where a rich and refracted spectrum is layered into the penetrating light of day.

These images are not erotic per se but emotional – an expression of love's natural freedom as opposed to repression's unnatural grip. In perfect contrast to Sebastian's horrifying noonday martyrdom in Williams' Suddenly, Last Summer, Mogutin's subjects live and perform in the open, in brilliant air, in full color and natural light.

Slava Mogutin's luminous pictures celebrate a polychrome Eden that has actually, largely arrived." Diego Cortez
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Slava Mogutin - Sky (2011)

Slava Mogutin presented his last photographic work containing 25 photographic images of male subjects that are set in traces of blurred summer color at AS IF gallery, Harlem on June 4th 2011. 'Suddenly Last Summer' title is inspired by the classic Tennessee Williams play about repressed homosexuality, lobotomy and cannibalism. 

All pictures have been taken with Lomography's Holga camera, whose plastic lens delivers the type of experimental accidents well known for all the analogue photography lovers. The exhibition at AS IF is open till June 25th, 2011. 

In a conjunction with the show AS IF presents a limited edition artist portfolio in a boxed set of 25 chromogenic color prints, 5″ × 5″ each, signed and numbered on the verso, in an edition of 25.
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Slava Mogutin - Rock Bottom (2011)

If you're lucky to be in Harlem these days, go and check Slava Mogutin's exhibition at AS IF gallery. The few examples of Suddenly Last Summer pictures that you can see are promising you will see arguably most personal and poetic body of work of Slava Mogutin to date. For more information visit slavamogutin.blogspot.com and www.slavamogutin.com.

J.
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Slava Mogutin - Shower Head (2011)

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Slava Mogutin - Sunny Side (2011)

 


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31/12/2011 16:42

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