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JAANUS SAMMA: NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK. A CHAIRMAN_S TALE. Center for Contemporary Art Estonia, Tallina, 2015. Published by Sternberg Press, Berlin. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 272 pp. 21 x 16 cm. ISBN 9783956791451 In English.
Publisher's description: 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 Poldsam and Riikka Taavetti discuss LGBT histories in Baltic region.
Artist(s):Samma, Jaanus
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168538
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