Not Suitable for Work. A Chairman’s Tale
Eugenio Viola, Rebeka Põldsam & Martin Rünk (Eds.)
Jaanus Samma’s exhibition Not Suitable for Work. A Chairman’s Tale, conceived for the Estonian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, tells a harrowing story of discrimination against homosexuality in Soviet Estonia. Drawing on political history through writings, photographs and artifacts to create counter-narratives, the two-volume exhibition catalogs raises questions about power, violence, persecution and the powerlessness of an individual in authoritarian political regimes that curtail human rights. An essay by Eugenio Viola offers perspectives on social restriction issues and the LGBT community’s “problem” in Eastern Europe. Kevin Moss writes about male homosexuality in the Soviet Union from the end of the 19th century to the present. Maarja Kangro composed an aria based on the chairman’s police file and Slava Mogutin tells his own story of homophobic persecution and his eventual exile from Russia in 1995. Rebeka Põldsam and Riikka Taavetti discuss LGBT histories in Baltic region.
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 272 pp / 44 b&w and 1 color
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