Online Exhibition: SLAVA MOGUTIN: XXX FILES

Tom of Finland Store is pleased to present Slava Mogutin: XXX Files, an online exhibition of Mogutin’s photography and video art spanning two decades. Declared by Dazed & Confused “Russia’s greatest art rebel,” Mogutin gained international acclaim for his activism as well as candid documentation of queer lives in his native country, in the United States and throughout his extensive travels around the world.

Set to open today December 18th – the day after Tumblr’s ban on adult content comes into effect, this exhibition is Slava Mogutin’s response to the rampant censorship across social media platforms, publishing and public venues; Tumblr being the latest casualty of this troubling trend:

For me, the personal is politicaland the political is personal. At the time when our fundamental constitutionalrights are under attack, I believe that queer imagerycan serve asthe mosteffective weapon against hypocrisy, bigotry, and censorship. When they censormy work either on social media or in real life, my responseis always—double upon thequeer, double up on the fight and what they don’t want tosee. I want to shine light on the darkest corners of human nature andsexualityas a way to understand and peacefullycoexist with each other, because beingdifferent is a blessing, not a curse

XXX Files is comprised of photographs from different stages of Mogutin’s wide-ranging oeuvre, from commissioned magazine shoots to intimate portraits and nudes of fellow artists and friends, lovers and collaborators, alongside the occasional hustlers and go-go dancers. Many of these works are shown here for the first time.

In his photography, preformance and film work, Mogutin manifests his affinity for collaboration with creative muses such as: Bruce LaBruce, Brian Kenny, Gio Black Peter, François Sagat, Matthieu Charneau, Edmund White, Katya Zamolodchikova, and Susanne Oberbeck of No Bra.

Mogutin’s XXX Files are available through Tom of Finlad Store as signed, limited edition prints in conjunction with the exhibition. Tom of Finland Store provides a safe-haven for artists to exhibit works without censorship or restriction.

See the online exhibition HERE

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