[Marxism] Fwd: Homosexuality Is Stalin’s Atom Bomb to Destroy America @ Galerie Sator, Paris

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jan 2 10:03:13 MST 2014

Of note to our French subscribers

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Subject: 	Homosexuality Is Stalin’s Atom Bomb to Destroy America @
Galerie Sator, Paris
Date: 	Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:59:58 -0500
From: 	Yevgeniy Fiks <fiks.yevgeniy at gmail.com>
To: 	Yevgeniy Fiks <fiks.yevgeniy at gmail.com>

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please see my show "Homosexuality Is Stalin’s Atom Bomb to Destroy
America" at Galerie Sator in Paris!



Homosexuality Is Stalin’s Atom Bomb to Destroy America

Yevgeniy Fiks


du 9 janv au 22 février 2014

vernissage privé

jeudi 9 janvier 18 - 21h


samedi 11 janvier 14- 20h

Vincent Sator is happy to present « Homosexuality Is Stalin’s Atom Bomb
to Destroy America », Yevgeniy Fiks’s second solo show at the Galerie
Sator, from January 9th to February 22th 2014.

In a time when gays are being called agents of the West in Russia,
Fiks’s work reflects on the McCarthy era in the United States—a time
when homophobia was also instrumentalized as a political tool.

Taking its title from a 1953 article by the Cold Warrior and pundit
Arthur Guy Mathews, Fiks looks at the historical and ideological links
between anti-Communism and homophobia in the United States, as well as
the intersections between Communism and sexual identity as it played out
during the 20th century.

During the « Red » and « Lavender » scares, anti-Communist and anti-gay
sentiments were fused together in the Cold War witch-hunt rhetoric.
Pundits and government officials went as far as envisioning a sinister
conspiracy: the Soviet Union is promoting homosexuality as a tool to
destroy America. Concurrently, the federal government purged homosexuals
that it employed, calling them “security risks”—vulnerable of being
blackmailed by Soviet agents into working for them.

Mirroring its ideological enemy, the American Communist Party also
purged known gays from its ranks—marking them as “security risks”—for
fear that gay Communists were vulnerable to blackmail and could become
informants for the Feds. The official charter of the Communist Party USA
even before its 1950s anti-gay purge strictly prohibited gays from
membership, adhering to the policies of the Communist Party of the
Soviet Union where homosexuality was officially criminalized under
Stalin and stigmatized as a "capitalist degeneracy."

The gallery will present « Stalin's Atom Bomb a.k.a. Homosexuality », as
well as, the book « Moscow ». « Stalin’s Atom Bomb a.k.a. Homosexuality
» is a series of prints that highlights paranoid anti-communist and
anti-gay quotations from American politicians and pundits of the era.

As for « Moscow », the book documents gay cruising sites in Soviet
Moscow, from the early 1920s to the USSR's dissolution in the early
1990s. Photographed in 2008 in a simple but haunting documentary style,
these sites of the bygone queer underground present a hidden and
forgotten Moscow with a particular focus on Revolutionary Communist
sites appropriated by queer Muscovites. The book concludes with the
first English-language publication of a 1934 letter to Joseph Stalin in
which British communist Harry Whyte presents a Marxist defense of
homosexuality in light of its re-criminalization in the USSR.

galerie sator

Passage des gravilliers

10 rue chapon

75003 paris, france

du mardi au samedi 14h – 19h

et sur rendez-vous

+33 (0)1 42 78 04 84 <tel:%2B33%20%280%291%2042%2078%2004%2084>

www.galeriesator.com <http://www.galeriesator.com/>

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