Alexander Kargaltsev, Russian artist and creator of the infamous “White Man Chair” in response to the controversial “Black Woman Chair,” is bringing his talent to New York City in order to protest Vladimir Putin’s fiercely antigay legislation in Russia and occupied Crimea.
Officially banned in Moscow, Kargaltsev’s performance art piece “Crematorium” observes four gay couples being forced to “turn straight,” and is meant “to bring together support and hope for the Russian LGBT and their friends in America.”
The show’s description paints a racy and controversial picture:
Former Ukraine. In the south of Putin’s Crimea, a giant factory with chimneys is built: a Crematorium for gays. Four couples are picked to test a new machine to turn them straight. Torture, interrogation, death and cleansing in the fiery furnace await them. Can you dare to join them in their ordeal?
Check out the trailer for Kargaltsev’s “Crematorium” below. Performances run late May through mid-June at NYC’s Gene Frankel Theatre. Visit Brown Paper Tickets for more info and ticketing options.
photos courtesy Alexander Kargaltsev