«Homophobia in Russia» by Mads Nissen

04.05.2015

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Jon à St. Petersbourg, Russie, 19.05.2014 – Photo de Mads Nissen, laif

In Russia, where since 1993, homosexuality is not an offense anymore and since 1999 is no longer classified as a mental disorder, homophobia remains common and socially acceptable. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals face legal and social discrimination, harassment and even violent ‘hate crime’ attacks from religious and national conservative groups.

In June 2013, the parliament in Moscow adopted a law making, among other things, positive statements on homosexuality in the presence of minors or in public – including in the media and on the internet - a punishable offense.

The picture of Jon and Alex in St. Petersburg, Russia, was chosen by World Press Photo as the World Press Photo of the Year 2014. It belongs to a photo essay by the Danish photographer Mads Nissen who has been documenting the harassment homosexuals live with and those afflicted by it since 2013. His images tell the tale of the court rooms, where gay right activists are interrogated, of nightclubs, where gays meet, but also that of a Lesbian family who fears they will be forced to give away their children because they do not hide their sexual preference.

From May 4 until 30, 2015, "Schwarzer Montag" (Black Monday) shows the photo essay “Homophobia in Russia” by Mads Nissen.

On Monday, May 4, 2015, from 6:00 pm, Mads Nissen will be at Westflügel, introducing his work.

Important: Mads Nissen will not be present at the opening of the “World Press Photo 15” exhibition at Folium - Alte Sihlpapierfabrik, Sihlcity in Zurich, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, as he will be taking pictures at the wedding of Dmitry in Copenhagen on that day. The World Press Photo of the Year by Mads Nissen and the other winning press photos from the competition will be shown at Folium in May 2015.

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