Dasha Zhukova’s photograph of her sitting on a black woman has still not been forgiven it seems. If you missed the main story, here is a summary: The Russian editor-in-chief of Garage magazine, Dasha Zhukova, came under fire for an editorial photo showing her seated atop a chair designed to look like a black woman with a belt around her waist and thighs and her legs up in the air. The photo, which offended many, began circulating on Monday, Jan. 20, which was Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Regardless of the apologies made about the editorial, a New York City-based photographer and gay activist, Alexander Kargaltsev, has decided to stage his own response to the “outrageous and tasteless” portrait with an image of a naked black man seated on a naked white man, whose legs are folded up to create a “chair.”

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He stated to Huffington Post “I was forced to leave Russia because of the discrimination I experienced as a gay. I’m disappointed that the tradition of xenophobia is so strong in my home country that such an image of Ms. Zhukova can appear as if it is normal and unremarkable. Russian people do not seem to realize when people offend the principle of color, nationality, sexual orientation and so on.”

He also stated to Out There Magazine, “Dasha Zhukova’s choices for this image are appalling and unacceptable. I felt an immediate urge to respond to such a shocking visual statement by one of the most powerful Russian-speaking cultural entrepreneurs in the world. I was forced to flee my native Russia because of ubiquitous homophobia and xenophobia, and it deeply saddens me to see that racism is now being glamorized and thus made not only acceptable but trendy by the likes of Ms. Zhukova. My own composition reverses the visual injustice and offense perpetrated by that editorial and in a way restores the equality of genders, races, and sexual orientations. Sadly, I understand very well that my work will be seen by most Russians as provocative and inappropriate, while that repulsive image (published on Martin Luther King’s Day of all days in a year) will hardly make anyone over there shake their head.”

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Image That Sparked The Racism Talks

Image That Sparked The Racism Talks

What are your thoughts on his response and how he has gone about expressing himself? It doesn’t seem right to let one wrong cancel out another…Plus what seemed to have been an issue of race and gender has now become about sexuality too. While I understand his need for visual rebuttal and I applaud his efforts, it just doesn’t have the same effect. It seems more erotic and playful.

Dasha Zhukova’s choices for this image are appalling and unacceptable. I felt an immediate urge to respond to such a shocking visual statement by one of the most powerful Russian-speaking cultural entrepreneurs in the world. I was forced to flee my native Russia because of ubiquitous homophobia and xenophobia, and – See more at: http://www.outtheremagazine.com/homoculture/sasha-v-dasha/#sthash.w8lPH09N.dpuf
Dasha Zhukova’s choices for this image are appalling and unacceptable. I felt an immediate urge to respond to such a shocking visual statement by one of the most powerful Russian-speaking cultural entrepreneurs in the world. I was forced to flee my native Russia because of ubiquitous homophobia and xenophobia, and – See more at: http://www.outtheremagazine.com/homoculture/sasha-v-dasha/#sthash.w8lPH09N.dpufIt deeply saddens me to see that racism is now being glamorized and thus made not only acceptable but trendy by the likes of Ms. Zhukova. My own composition reverses the visual injustice and offense perpetrated by that editorial and in a way restores the equality of genders, races, and sexual orientations. Sadly, I understand very well that my work will be seen by most Russians as provocative and inappropriate, while that repulsive image (published on Martin Luther King’s Day of all days in a year) will hardly make anyone over there shake their head.”

 

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