Literary Nonfiction. Art. LGBTQIA Studies. An artist's edition and trilingual (English/Russian/Yiddish) phrasebook by Yevgeniy Fiks. In this volume, Yevgeniy Fiks attempts to draw connections, at times contradictory and counterintuitive, between two marginal communities in Soviet-era Moscow—Jews and gays—in order to reflect on the (dis)similarities of their oppression, identity, self-irony, and practices (or hypothetical practices) of solidarity. This imagined dictionary for Soviet Jewish-Soviet Gay communication is a project that resists oversimplification, forced universality, and the erasure of difference when it comes to the Soviet experience and the Soviet subject.
Yevgeniy Fiks was born in Moscow in 1972 and has lived and worked in New York since 1994. As a "post-Soviet artist," his works build on research into Cold War narratives to explore the dialectic between Communism and "the West," addressing the Red and Lavender Scares during the McCarthy era, Communism in Modern Art, and African, African American, and Jewish diasporas in the Soviet Union. His artists books include Lenin For Your Library? (ante projects), Communist Guide to New York CitySoviet Moscow's Yiddish-Gay Dictionary (Cicada Press), and MONUMENT TO COLD WAR VICTORY (The Cooper Union, 2018). His work has been shown at the Biennale of Sydney, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, and Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and has received reviews in The New York Times, ARTFORUM, and other periodicals. Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA