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 and has lived and worked in New York since 1994. Fiks' work has been shown internationally, including in the Biennale of Sydney (2008), Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2015), and Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011). Fiks is the author of six books: SOVIET MOSCOW'S YIDDISH- GAY DICTIONARY (Cicada Press, 2016), Lenin For Your Library? (ante projects), Communist Guide to New York City (Common Books), MOSCOW (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and Monument to Cold War Victory (The Cooper Union/The Wende Museum).Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA