SB (russian_law) wrote,

[Eurasian Law: Breaking News] Welcome! Sochi 2014 Exhibition Banned in Russia

The White Nights festival in Perm has come under pressure after four of its
exhibitions have been closed, seemingly at the request of unhappy local
politicians. In response, Marat Guelman, one of the festival's organisers
has accused critics of political game-playing. The cultural festival, which
opened on 1 June, first encountered difficulties when Vasily Slonov's
exhibition of posters, Welcome! Sochi 2014, which satirised the forthcoming
Olympics in Russian resort town Sochi, was criticised by Perm region
senator Andrei Klimov for “Russophobic demonstrations” that were “not
worthy of being in Perm region”. The exhibition was shut down on 4 June,
and replaced with landscapes and still lives from Israel-based collective
New Barbizon, who exhibited a message of support for Slonov. The following
day the New Barbizon show was also shut down, and the gallery locked and
placed under guard. On 6 June a further exhibition — Sergei Kamenny's
series of protest photographs, Russian Baroque — was closed after being
visited by a local minister of culture. Kamenny redrew pictures of Moscow
street protests. Finally, free-format lecture and discussion project Occupy
Perm was also rejected by local officials, largely, it is alleged, because
of the opposition politics of its intended curator. Festival curator, Marat
Guelman, who has also come under fire for high cost of the event, has moved
the prohibited works to his own PERMM gallery. “I don't want to get
involved in this war,” said Guelman. “But after the end of the festival I
will meet with the governor and discuss these events with him. If there
will be any more attempts at censorship in future from the authorities,
then I'll refuse to work with them.”

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