LIEBEration 175

LIEBEration175

a personal queer performance art & collective memory documentation project

PHOTO EXHIBITION AVAILABLE FOR 2015 DATES

LIEBEration 175 highlights the often silenced and overlooked queer history of World War II. From 1936 to 1945 Sachsenhausen concentration camp processed thousands of pink triangle prisoners – the gay victims of Holocaust. Most died from abuse, slave quarry labor, medical experiments. After Nazi capitulation, the site continued its operations until 1950 under Soviet jurisdiction. As a queer Russian, I embody the complexity of the Sachsenhausen legacy. A 2002 student visit here changed my life. After a decade of art and activism, I returned in June 2012 with my partner Giada Cotugno to honor all who face persecution on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Sachsenhausen

The performance consisted of naming, numbering, dedication to a masculine first name, doing and documenting of 175 simple actions, a reference to the infamous Paragraph 175 of the Nazi penal code which criminalized homosexuality. The photographic survey of the memorial site focuses on its diverse surfaces, liminal spaces and ambiguous details.

As a social statement this is a personal experiment in identity politics (dis)engagement and embodiment of collective trauma. As an artistic endeavor it puts faith in redemptive power of performance. As a photographic study it is an inquiry into correlation among spaces, surfaces, objects and memory.

Gates

On January 27, 2013 public presentation of LIEBEration 175 was launched online to mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In an instance of rare tragic irony, just two days earlier the government of Russian Federation passed a federal ban on “propaganda of homosexuality” opening another chapter of injustice and abuse of minorities.

Anthropologist Tom Driver writes about “the transformative power that great ritual performances have: they link our most ‘advanced’ ideas and aspirations with some of our most ‘primitive’ tendencies. They are profoundly integrative.” By embodying and manifesting simple human (inter)actions alongside complex social constructs, the project aims to transform collective trauma into a mirror for the current state and a lesson for future generations. Fascist ideology robs all of humanity.

LIEBEration175 is available for public display as an exhibition of color photographs (10x15cm/8x10in) arranged in pairs. Please, inform us of your decision to exhibit LIEBEration175 and we will provide you with a link to download all images and the statement from the artists in one zip-file. You may curate and print your selection of images. We ask you to provide dates and venue information as well as any publicity materials generated in relation to the exhibition. These will be shared here. An honorarium in any amount is welcome, but not required. The artists are available for Skype or in-person conversation with your audience.

 For ALL inquiries, please, contact lieberation175@gmail.com

Special thanks to DEPESHA Magazine, St. Lawrence University, and the Kickstarter community for their generous support.

LIEBEration 175 Actions:

# 1 Recite Poetry … with Eugene

# 2 Walk Barefoot on Grass … with Yuri

# 3 Sunbathe … with Arthur

# 4 Apply Lipbalm … with Vyacheslav

# 5 Apply Sunscreen … with Miroslav

# 6 Cut Nails … with David

# 7 Stare at the Sun … with Arnold

# 8 Rest … with Svyatoslav

# 9 Chew Gum … with Roland

# 10 Walk … with Isaac

# 11 Run … with Michael

# 12 Smile … with Albert

# 13 Take Vitamins … with Henry

# 14 Tell Time … with Eric

# 15 Call Home … with Felix

# 16 Align in Tree Pose … with Benjamin

# 17 Sit Up … with Herman

# 18 Push Up … with Horacio

# 19 Stretch … with Humberto

# 20 Make a Wish … with Joshua

# 21 Pray … with Jonathan

# 22 Wear a Skirt … with Ulysses

# 23 Navigate by Compass … with Ethan

# 24 Wear an Amulet … with Ignat

# 25 Watch Clouds … with Mark

# 26 Laugh … with Mario

# 27 Applaude … with Joel

# 28 Get Flowers … with Karl

# 29 Tie/Untie Shoelaces … with Andrei

# 30 Shine Shoes … with Anton

# 31 Smell Flowers … with Cecil

# 32 Gift Flowers … with Cesar

# 33 Wear High Heels … with Emanuel

# 34 Measure Weight … with Raymond

# 35 Take a Deep Breath … with Adrian

# 36 Eat Fruit … with Alan

# 37 Break Bread … with Frank

#38 Drink Water … with Cyril

# 39 Meditate … with Ivan

# 40 Look in the Mirror … with Octavio

# 41 Clean Glasses … with Timothy

# 42 Flip the Bird … with Nathaniel

# 43 Pick Teeth … with Virgil

# 44 Measure Temperature … with Rupert

# 45 Climb Stairs … with Rubin

# 46 Navigate by Map … with Victor

# 47 Face Mecca … with Artem

# 48 Nose-Pick … with Joseph

# 49 (Un)cross Legs … with Saul

# 50 Excercise abs … with Cedric

# 51 Bridge … with Ludwig

# 52 Blow Balloons … with Gustav

# 53 (Un)dress Yourself … with Oliver

# 54 Play Music … with Reginald

# 55 Draw … with Pasquale

# 56 Test for HIV … with Sylvester

# 57 Ride a Train … with Matthew

# 58 Admire Nature … with Sergey

# 59 Protect from Elements… with Ernest

# 60 Drink Coffee … with Vitaly

# 61 Write Poetry … with Ezra

# 62 Scratch an Itch … with Mohamed

# 63 Be Nude / Self … with Ralph

# 64 Read a Magazine … with Mstislav

# 65 Read a Book … with Fabian

# 66 Shrug Shoulders … with Stephen

# 67 Hear a Favorite Song … with Martin

# 68 Send a Postcard … with Alfred

# 69 Paint … with Thomas

# 70 Eat Fast Food … with Bernard

# 71 Keep a To Do List … with Solomon

# 72 Tie a Tie … with Orlando

# 73 Fly a Paper Plane … with Jean

# 74 Flip a Coin … with Sebastian

# 75 Text a Friend … with Ferdinand

# 76 Use Toilet … with Diego

# 77 Say One’s Name … with Alexey

# 78 Play Ball … with Armando

# 79 Sing … with Jeremy

# 80 Enjoy Chocolate … with Charles

# 81 Owling … with Romeo

# 82 Play the Fool … with Rostislav

# 83 Smoke a Joint … with Christian

# 84 Drink Alcohol … with Brian

# 85 Wash Hands … with Denis

# 86 Wash Face … with Douglas

# 87 Tattoo … with Vladimir

# 88 Play in the Rain … with Maxim

# 89 Chalk … with Tristan

# 90 Attend a Concert … with Igor

# 91 Cook … with Francis

# 92 Hug a Tree … with Roger

# 93 Choose Safer Sex … with Theodor

# 94 Do Shadow Theater … with Richard

# 95 Cool in the Shade … with Salvatore

# 96 Play with Reflection … with Simon

#97 Play with a Magnifying Glass … with Vincent

# 98 Lift Weights … with Pavel

# 99 Do Yoga: Cobra … with Vaclav

# 100 Consult Horoscope … with Renat

# 101 Jump Rope … with Augustine

# 102 Planking … with Rene

# 103 Learn to say “I love you” … with Roman

# 104 Measure Height … with William

# 105 Dance … with Jeffrey

# 106 Wear Mascara … with Oleg

# 107 Wear Lipstick … with Noah

# 108 Wear a Dress … with Elijah

# 109 Play with Clay … with Rufus

# 110 Mend Clothes … with Micah

# 111 Light a Candle … with Harold

# 112 Photograph … with Gerasim

# 113 Brush Teeth … with Domenic

# 114 Watch Sunset … with Lucian

# 115 Do Laundry … with Philip

# 116 Parade … with Tyler

# 117 Shop at a Flea Market … with Emile

# 118 Ride a Bike … with Jacob

# 119 Celebrate a Birthday … with Vasily

# 120 Fan … with Christopher

# 121 Solve a Rubic’s Cube … with Claude

# 122 Clean Ears … with Gerald

# 123 Make Eye Contact … with Jude

# 124 Go Online … with Damian

# 125 Eat Sunflower Seeds … with Levi

# 126 Use Deodorant … with Samuel

# 127 Turn Lights On/Off … with Lucas

# 128 Toast … with Constantin

# 129 Keep a Diary … with Bruno

# 130 Smoke a cigarette… with Amos

# 131 Catch a Rainbow … with Nikita

# 132 Watch a Film … with Moses

# 133 Batmanning … with Roy

# 134 Clean Dishes … with Edward

# 135 Gift … with Boris

#136 Wait … with Kuzma

# 137 Take a Tour … with Guillermo

# 138 Blow Bubbles … with Dmitry

# 139 Listen to Radio … with Aaron

# 140 Wear a Rainbow … with Santiago

# 141 Moisturize … with Otto

# 142 Protest … with Semyon

# 143 Keep Warm … with Kenneth

# 144 Build a House … with Patrick

# 145 Read a Newspaper … with Alexander

# 146 Solve a Puzzle … with Valentin

# 147 View Erotica … with Tobias

# 148 Fly a Kite … with Abdul

# 149 Do a Shoulder Stand … with Leonard

# 150 Collect Herbarium … with Laurent

# 151 Climb a Tree … with Oscar

# 152 Eat Favorite Food … with Pierre

# 153 Nap … with Gabriel

# 154 Play in the Sand … with Xavier

# 155 Play Hopscotch … with Paul

# 156 Wash Floors … with Zachary

# 157 Shave … with Desmond

# 158 Stargaze … with Arkady

# 159 Open/Close a Window … with George

# 160 Make One’s Bed … with Friedrich

# 161 Recyсle … with Raul

# 162 Send/Receive Mail … with Robert

# 163 Feed the Birds … with Cornelius

# 164 Open/Close a Door … with Gregory

# 165 Decorate … with Raphael

# 166 Make Origami … with Adam

# 167 Sweep … with Louis

# 168 Donate … with Hugo

# 169 Cheer a Match … with Noel

# 170 (Un)pack One’s Bag … with Peter

# 171 Take a Bath … with Donald

# 172 Watch Sunrise … with Maxwell

# 173 See the Horizon … with Abraham

# 174 Pick Fruit … with Jacques

# 175 Leave Sachsenhausen … with Eugene, Yuri, Arthur, Vyacheslav, Miroslav, David, Arnold, Svyatoslav, Roland, Isaac, Michael, Albert, Henry, Eric, Felix, Benjamin, Herman, Horacio, Humberto, Joshua, Jonathan, Ulysses, Ethan, Ignat, Mark, Mario, Joel, Karl, Andrei, Anton, Cecil, Cesar, Emanuel, Raymond, Adrian, Alan, Frank, Cyril, Ivan, Octavio, Timothy, Nathaniel, Virgil, Rupert, Rubin, Victor, Artem, Joseph, Saul, Cedric, Ludwig, Gustav, Oliver, Reginald, Pasquale, Sylvester, Matthew, Sergey, Ernest, Vitaly, Ezra, Mohamed, Ralph, Mstislav, Fabian, Stephen, Martin, Alfred, Thomas, Bernard, Solomon, Orlando, Ferdinand, Sebastian, Jean, Diego, Alexey, Armando, Jeremy, Charles, Romeo, Rostislav, Christian, Brian, Denis, Douglas, Vladimir, Maxim, Tristan, Igor, Francis, Roger, Theodor, Richard, Salvatore, Simon, Vincent, Pavel, Vaclav, Renat, Augustine, Rene, Roman, William, Jeffrey, Oleg, Noah, Elijah, Rufus, Micah, Harold, Gerasim, Domenic, Lucian, Philip, Tyler, Emile, Jacob, Vasily, Christopher, Claude, Gerald, Jude, Damian, Levi, Samuel, Lucas, Constantin, Bruno, Amos, Nikita, Moses, Roy, Edward, Boris, Kuzma, Guillermo, Dmitry, Aaron, Santiago, Otto, Semyon, Kenneth, Patrick, Alexander, Valentin, Tobias, Abdul, Leonard, Laurent, Oscar, Pierre, Gabriel, Xavier, Paul, Zachary, Desmond, Arkady, George, Friedrich, Raul, Robert, Cornelius, Gregory, Raphael, Adam, Louis, Hugo, Noel, Peter, Donald, Maxwell, Abraham, Jacques & others

LIEBEration 175: Giada Cotugno on Spaces

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