Moscow, May 29. Public hearing of the Erofeev – Samodurov censorship case
02 Jun 2008 01:05 GMT
Moscow, May 29 – the public hearing hosted by leading Russian civil rights activists featured the Voina group showing a new representation of the Sots Art genre.
Public hearing in decoration by the Voina group – “Censorship SUX”
The prosecuted Andrey Erofeev and Yury Samodurov in their detainee sportswear
Members of the Orthodox “People’s Union” ready for their rigid inspection
Oleg Kassin taking pictures of the blasphemous writings underneath the photos
Writing posted: “Him takes it up the arse or not?”
The Aidan gallery at the Winzavod contemporary art center held a public hearing on the Erofeev – Samodurov case.
Indymedia has previously reported on the prosecution of Andrei Erofeev and the action by the Voina group which protested against his interrogation at the Prosecutor’s Office.
The hearing, hosted by executives of the “For Human Rights” movement, was held to present a case against the Russian government supporting bigots set on restraining contemporary art.
The gallery space prepared for the hearing was decorated in full color with slogans presented at the Voina action on May 22 in front of the Prosecutor’s Office: “Eternal disgrace to oppressors of Sots Art”, “Censorship SUX” and “Cop in a churchies cassock”. Pictures of the action were mixed in with portraits of neofascist and clerical activists who associate themselves with traditional values and the Orthodox Church.
In the midst of the discussion the main public accusers in the case, members of the Orthodox “People’s Union” with their leader Oleg Kassin, burst in for what seemed like an inspection of the images displayed at the hearing.
Mr. Kassin scrupulously documented portraits featuring himself and other prominent “oppressors of Sots Art”, including the State Duma deputies and Orthodox clergy, with an array of blasphemous signs underneath:
“He fucks, you think?”
“Ye shit – friend or foe?”
“Him takes it up the arse or not?”
Stunned by an expression of such an artistic force the tough-looking right-wing team peacefully retreated from the public hearing with apparent plans to press on with assaults on contemporary art under Article 282 of the Criminal Code.
Report with photos: Kassian
News agencies report: Vremya Novostei, Echo of Moscow
The Voina group is renowned for its radical socially and politically oriented actions. On May 22 the group’s activists blocked traffic to support the art critic Andrey Erofeev charged with inciting hatred. In early May Voina activists organized a series of actions inside Moscow police stations demanding justice from the officers. The group is most famous for staging the “Fuck for the heir Puppy Bear!” action at the end of February which put forward a portrait of electoral Russia.