Censorship in the Digital Age
Because of his outspoken writings on gay issues in Russia, which led to anonymous death threats and made him a favourite media target, Slava Mogutin was forced to leave his native country and go to New York in 1995, where he was granted political asylum as a result of queer activism. Upon his arrival in New York, Slava shifts his focus on visual arts even though he is primarily a writer.
Urban youth subcultures and adolescent sexuality; the clash of social norms and individual desires; transgressive, radical expressions of masculinity and gender crossover; cultural alienation and political discontent; the tension between attachment and loneliness, violence and love are just some of the themes Slava’s works encompass.
He still proudly calls himself a Pinko Commie Fag. Slava uses his blog to promote other young queer artists and all the artists who cross boundaries and criticize the current use of power.
photo © by Bruce LaBruce