Created by Nir Shraiber (Indi-Ya productions) & Moksha Project
Directed by: Nir Shraiber
Director of photography: Roy Barshira
Photographer: Avi Soliman
Editor: Nir Shraiber
Animation & After Effects by “Maria Kong” - Ori Ben-Shabat
Sound Design by “Maria Kong” - Tal Ben-Ari (Tribal Tul)
Art & mask Design By Rotem Lots-Zaiden- “Nekudat Magoz “
Music By: Digicult & Hux Flux
Song: The Moksha Medicine
Album: The Lucid Nation
Label: Dacru Records
Video produced by Indi-Ya Productions & Moksha Project
gallery: 287 Spring
curator: Ivan Savvine
October 26-28 2012
Opening Reception: October 26, 2012 at 6-00 PM
Alexander Kargaltsev’s photographic project “Asylum” presented at 287 SPRING explores the lives of gay men who fled Russia for the United States due to the violence and hatred they have encountered in their motherland. For us living in New York, the idea that one could be forced to resettle across the globe only because of his or her sexual orientation may seem shocking and incomprehensible, but for many it is the reality that is so often left unnoticed.
Kargaltsev’s portraits project a striking expose of the dire situation of the LGBT community in Russia. They are arresting in their austerity and contain a poignant message of hope for a life free of fear in the New World. The artist succeeds in demonstrating the human side of the problem, in the face of the massive, painful and complex nature of the state-sponsored homophobia. The models, in their nakedness, reveal their courage in shedding many layers of fear, emerging from their harrowing past, bare and vulnerable, yet proud.
The years since the collapse of the Soviet Union – where homosexuality was criminally prosecuted — was a time of hopes and bitter disillusionment for the Russian gays and lesbians. For a moment, it seemed that the LGBT citizens of the Russian Federation were finally visible and free of state-sponsored persecution. These hopes, however, were essentially crushed in the past decade. Numerous reports indicate that the LGBT persons living in Russia today face daily threats of violence and intimidation, while the discrimination in work place, housing, and even access to health care is ubiquitous. Instead of protecting its citizens, the Government has adopted a policy of either silently ignoring their problems or encouraging hatred and intolerance of sexual minorities in society.
In 1991, when Russia opened its borders, a great number of LGBT individuals had no other choice but to flee from the abuse and mistreatment at the hands of their fellow citizens and the authorities, especially the police. Many asylum-seekers sought refuge in the countries of Western Europe and the United States. Kargaltsev’s series presents just a few of these tragic but inspiring stories, stories which often never get a chance to be told.
Playing For Change is proud to present a new video of the song “What A Wonderful World” featuring Grandpa Elliott with children’s choirs across the globe. In these hard times children and music bring us hope for a better future. Today we celebrate life and change the world one heart and one song at a time!!
We are proud to have partnered with Okaïdi clothing in the production of this Song Around the World. Now through the end of the year, Okaïdi will provide 1 euro from the sale of each t-shirt to the Playing For Change Movement. Funds raised through this campaign will go to support PFC musicians and the PFC Foundation’s music education programs around the world. Thank you for your support of the Playing For Change Movement!!
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