Overview

Yaroslav Mogutin was born in Kemerovo in 1974. While a teenager, he moved to Moscow, where he began his career as a journalist and worked for popular newspapers — Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moskovskie Novosti, and Stolitsa magazine. By the age of 21, Mogutin had gained both critical acclaim and official condemnation and became the target of two highly publicized criminal cases, carrying a potential prison sentence of up to seven years. In 1995, he was forced to emigrate from Russia and received political asylum in the United States.

Mogutin wrote seven books, including America in My Pants (1999), Romance with a German (2000), 30 Interviews (2001), and SS: Superhuman Supertexts, for which he received the Andrei Bely Prize in 2001. His poetry, prose, essays, and interviews have been translated into English, German, Italian, Japanese, and Polish. As an actor, he starred in the films Skin Flick (1999) by Bruce LaBruce and Stay Until Tomorrow (2003) by Laura Colella. Upon his arrival in New York, Mogutin shifted his focus to photography. He has modeled for many renowned photographers, including Albert Watson, Terry Richardson, David Armstrong, and Jack Pearson. In addition, he became known as a prominent photographer for his series NYC Go-Go and LostBoys. Since 1999, he has participated in numerous exhibitions in the USA, Canada, and Europe. His photographs have been published in magazines such as Visionaire, BlackBook and Flaunt, i-D, and The Face, Stern. He currently resides in New York.

Works
Gallery progects
Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions


2020
My Existence = My Resistance. Ballery Gallery. Berlin, Germany.
Polaroid Rage and Black Is Beautiful. Galerie Kernweine, Stuttgart, Germany.

 

2019
XXX Files, online exhibition with Tom of Finland Store. Los Angeles, USA.


2018
Lost Boys. Galerie Kernweine. Stuttgart, Germany.

 

2016
Lost Boys: From Russia With Love. Artwall. Prague, Czech Republic.

 

2014
AMORESUPERM. La Fresh Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
SUPERM FRUIT. Please Do Not Enter. Los Angeles, USA.
De Rusia con Amor (From Russia with Love). Galeria casaBrandon. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

2013

In The Name Of Love. IMOCA. Indianapolis, USA.


2010

Lost Boys. La Fresh Gallery. Madrid, Spain.


2009
Food Chain. Envoy enterprises. New York, USA.
Lost Boys. Galeria Pauza. Krakow, Poland; Galerie Terre Rouge. Kulturfabrik. Esch, Luxembourg.

 

2008
White Is Dirty When Ugly. Envoy enterprises. New York, USA.
SPUTNIK 3. Galleri S.E. Bergen, Norway.

 

2007

Slava Mogutin and Justin Beal. Bortolami Gallery. New York, USA.
But Her Majesty’s Roast Beef Curtains Wouldn’t Open For Him. Blow de la Barra Gallery. London, UK.
SUPERM Toilet #2. White Cubicle Toilet Gallery. George and Dragon Public House. London, UK.

 

2006
Slava Mogutin: Photography and Video. Allmänna Galleriet 925. Stockholm, Sweden.

 

2005
Wigger. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.

 

2004
NO LOVE. RARE. New York, USA.

 

2003
Lost Boys. RARE. New York, USA.

2000
Terminator's Dream. Regina Gallery. Moscow, USA.

 

1999
Fetishes. 357 Forum. New York, USA.

 

 

Group Exhibitions

2020
Intimacy: New Queer Art from Berlin and Beyond. Schwules Museum. Berlin, Germany.
Protest for Progress. Zest Hall. London, UK.
The Summer That Wasn't. Houston, USA.
Circus of Books: Blowout. Fierman Gallery. New York, USA.
Intersectional, virtual show. Berlin, Germany.
From Russians with Love. The Ballery. Berlin, Germany.
Round Hole Square Peg. Photo LA. Santa Monica, USA.

 

2019
Soup. 50 Taaffe Place. New York, USA.
Criminalize This! The Social Policing of Gender and the Criminalization of Queerness. Amos Eno Gallery. New York, USA.
Photography After Stonewall. Soho Photo Gallery. New York, USA.
Hotel Europa: Their Past, Your Present, Our Future. Open Space of Experimental Art. Tbilisi, Georgia.
Love My Way. 34th International Festival of Fashion and Photography. Villa Romaine. Hyeres, France.
(No) Fun. Empirical Nonsense. New York, USA.

 

2018
The Violators. Studio UZI and Leslie-Lohman Project Space. New York, USA.
Hollywood 2.0. Touchon&Co Gallery. Los Angeles, USA.
Sound & Noise. Space_31. Berlin, Germany.
New Chic. Riga Congress Center. Riga, Latvia.

 

2017
Baby, I Like It Raw: Post-Eastern Bloc Photography & Video. Czech Center. New York, USA.

 

2014
Prague Pride: East Side Story. Karlin Studios. Prague, Czech Republic.
Queer Biennial l: LA/NY and parts in between, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, USA.
Guest List, The Impossible Project Barcelona, Espai Tactel, Valencia, and Mundano, Oporto, Spain.
Only The Good Ones: The Snapshot Aesthetic Revisited. Galerie Rudolfinum. Prague, Czech Republic.
Faceless: Seduction, Surveillance, Privacy. Mediamatic Fabriek. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
That's How a Man Smells, Bitch! düo galerie. Paris, France.

 

2013

L'ère vulgaire passera. Galerie Esther Woerdehoff. Paris, France.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side: To Russia with Love. And to Lou Reed. Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art. Berlin, Germany.
Faceless part 1, freiraum quartier21 International, MuseumsQuartier. Vienna, Austria.
Corps et Histoire. Friche Belle de Mai. Marseille, France.
Making Waves. Daniel Cooney Fine Arts. New York, USA.
Boy! Oh, boy! Casa de Costa. New York, USA.
Queerussia: the hidden (p)art. Galerie MooiMan. Groningen, The Netherlands.
Polari. True Love Gallery. Seattle, USA.

 

2012

Up Against It. Munch Gallery. New York, USA.
Portrait of a Generation. The Hole. New York, USA.
For Personal Use. The Impossible Project. New York, USA.
Androméstico. La Fresh Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
FG.Ft – Fad Gadget. Frank Tovey; envoy enterprises. New York, USA.

 

2011
View of Outer Space from an Aquarium. Famous Accountants. New York, USA.
Act Like You're Fine: A Study on Obsession. Vacant Gallery. Tokyo, Japan.
Queering Sex. Human Resources. Los Angeles, USA.
Surveying the Immigrant Experience. The LGBT Community Center. New York, USA.
My Spring Fling Turned Into My Summer Dream. Splatterpool Art Space. New York, USA.
For Love Not Money. The 15th Tallinn Print Triennial. KUMU Art Museum. Tallinn, Estonia.

 

2010
The Infidels. La Petite Mort Gallery. Ottawa, Canada.
Transitional Object (with Uri Gershuni). P.O.B. Art Center. Jerusalem, Israel.
T MINUS 20. Christopher Henry Gallery. New York, USA.
Because We Are. Station Museum of Contemporary Art. Houston, USA.
Mea Culpa. Queer Zagreb. Zagreb, Croatia.
White Snuff. Museum Man. Ackerkeller. Berlin, Germany.
Postcards From the Edge: The 12th Annual Visual AIDS Benefit Exhibition. ZieherSmith. New York, USA.

 

2009
Summer Drunk Tank. City Art Rooms. Auckland, New Zealand.
MAD Paperball. Museum of Art and Design. New York, USA.
Marios DIK. Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle. Warsaw, Poland and Ground Level Gallery. Jeanettes. London, UK.
Love For Sale. New York Art Book Fair. P.S.1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center. Queens, New York, USA.
Lyst (Lust). Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Don’t Worry It’s Only Money. City Art Rooms. Auckland, New Zealand.
Turn On. Slag Gallery. New York, USA.
BUTT in ASS. Asia Song Society. New York, USA.
Foot Soldiers. Envoy enterprises. New York, USA.
The Hydra School Projects 10th Anniversary Show. Hydra Island, Greece.
23rd Festival MIX Milano. Piccolo Teatro Strehler. Milan, Italy.
Gay Men Play. New York Photo Festival ’09. Brooklyn. New York, USA.
Screwball Asses. The Company Gallery. Los Angeles, USA.
Visions of Excess. SPILL Festival of Performance. London, UK.
Investigating Desire. The 23rd London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. London, UK.
Get a Rope. CTRL Gallery. Houston, USA.
History of Violence. The Haifa Museum of Art. Haifa, Israel.
A Trip Down (False) Memory Lane. The Lexington Club. San Francisco, USA.
Off Zinegoak. 6th Zinegoak. Bilbao International GLT Film Festival. Bilbao, Spain.
Postcards From the Edge: The 11th Annual Visual AIDS Benefit Exhibition. Metro Pictures. New York, USA.

 

2008
Ossuary: Works on paper collected by Alex Rose. The Black Mariah. Cork, Ireland.
Artist-Initiated Magazines. Galleri Rekord. Oslo, Norway.
Straight to Hell — In Cock We Trust. Exile. Berlin, Germany.
My Gay Eye. Werkstattgalerie. Berlin, Germany.
___In A Box. Canco Factory. Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.
On the Obscene. Queer Lisboa 12: The 12th Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Lisbon, Portugal.
Power and Currency. Factory Fresh. Brooklyn, New York, USA.
I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl. Asia Song Society. New York, USA.
Homoccult & Other Esoterotica. Collective Unconscious. New York, USA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. San Francisco, USA; Outfest 2008: The 26th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Los Angeles, USA.
The Artist as Publisher. The Center for Book Arts. New York, USA.
AA Bronson Loves Video Art. As part of Plot, Engage, Disperse: Pride Toronto’s contemporary art exhibit curated by Daryl Vocat, Norman Jewison Park. Toronto, Canada.
Forbidden Acts. NewFest 2008: The 20th Anniversary NY LGBT Film Festival NYC. New York, USA.
The Left Hand of Darkness. The Project. New York, USA.
Watermill Benefit Highlights. Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation. New York, USA.
The Hustle. The powerHouse Arena. New York, USA.
Da Sodoma a Hollywood. The 23rd Torino International LGBT Film Festival. Torino, Italy.
The Other Side. The 58 Gallery. Jersey City, USA.
Sex Is So Abstract. V-Tape. Toronto, Canada.

 

2007
Postcards From The Edge: The 10th Annual Visual AIDS Benefit Exhibition. James Cohan Gallery. New York, USA.
Homoccult & Other Esoterotica. MIX NYC 20: The 20th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival. New York, USA.
Fetiches. Galería Alonso Vidal. Barcelona, Spain.
Mein Schwules Auge 4. Werkstattgalerie. Berlin, Germany.
Revolution & Sexual Revolution Film Festival. Uplink Factory. Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
Showing Shame: Shameless Showing. Telic Arts Exchange. Los Angeles, USA.
BodyPoliticX. Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The Cowboy and The Pegasus. Queer Fest Midwest. Pulaski Park Fieldhouse. Chicago, USA.
Re-Visions of Excess. Fierce Festival. Birmingham, UK.
Sex Work: The Museum As Brothel; Art House As Porn House. Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. Kinomuseum. Oberhausen, Germany.
Love Addiction: Practices in Video Art from ’61 to the Present. Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea. Monfalcone, Italy.
The Male Gaze. The powerHouse Arena. New York, USA.
The Brotherhood. Neon Parc. Melbourne, Australia; Australian Centre for Photography (ACP). Sydney, Australia.

 

2006
SEXPERIMENTAL: Un Programme Transpédégouines. FFGLP 2006: 12e Festival de Films Gays & Lesbiens de Paris. Paris, France.
1.PornfilmfestivalBerlin. Short Film Competition (2nd Prize). Berlin, Germany.
No Sleep ’til Brooklyn: A powerHouse Hip Hop Retrospective. The powerHouse Arena. Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Globos Sonda/Trial Balloons. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC). León, Spain; curated by Octavio Zaya, Yuko Hasegawa, and Agustín Pérez Rubio
Mein Schwules Auge 3 (“My Gay Eye”). Schwules Museum. Berlin, Germany; Galeria Carmen De La Guerra. Madrid, Spain.
SUPERM Salon. Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Saloon Series. Los Angeles, USA.

 

2005
Log Cabin. Artists’ Space. New York, USA.
Post-Diaspora. 1st Moscow Biennale. Tsereteli Museum. Moscow, Russia.
They Shoot Homos Don’t They. Melbourne, Australia.

 

2004
ISCP 10th Anniversary Weekend. International Studio & Curatorial Program. New York, USA.
BlackBook: 25 Artists Interpret Fashion. Deitch Projects. New York, USA.
Sublime Audacity — The Stroller’s Experience. Galeria Luis Serpa. Lisbon, Portugal.
PREmaCULTURE. PS1 School. Hydra Island, Greece.
The Collector’s Cabinet. Marc Selwyn Fine Art. Los Angeles, USA.
The Hunt for Your Family. V-1. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sexy Beasts. Ethan Cohen Fine Art. New York, USA.

 

2003
Kult 48 Klubhouse. Deitch Projects. New York, USA.
Snapshot Now. Angell Gallery. Toronto, Canada.
Kult 48. Fiac. Paris, France.
What About New York? A New New York Scene. Agnes b. Galerie du Jour. Paris, France.
Corporate Profits Vs. Labor Costs. D'Amelio Terras. New York, USA.
Fox and His Friends: New Millennium Post-Gay Photography (With Fangs). Garfield Artworks. Pittsburgh, USA.
Angst. RARE. New York, USA.
K48's Daag Ons Niet Uit (‘Do Not Provoke Us’), Magazine. Maastricht, the Netherlands.
K48's New Stray Prophets. Stray Art Fair. Chicago, USA.
Visions of Excess: A tribute to Georges Bataille. Club Demon. Birmingham, UK.
~scope New York. Dylan Hotel. New York, USA.

 

2002
K48 Teenage Rebel — The Bedroom Show. John Connelly Presents. New York, USA.
Platinum Oasis, La Terra Vista Dalla Luna: A tribute to Pasolini. The Coral Sands Motel. Hollywood, USA.
Small Works. Mimi Ferzt. New York, Russia.

 

2001
The Muses. Leslie-Lohman. New York, Russia.

 

2000
Other Works. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
3rd Moscow Photo Biennale. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.

Bibliography
Selected Publications:
 
Attitude (London)
AXM (London)
BlackBook (New York)
blue (Sydney)
The Breeder (Athens)
Butt (Amsterdam)
CaffeLatte (Milan)
The Face (London)
Flaunt (New York-Los Angeles)
Genre (New York)
Gibi Erotico (Rio de Janeiro)
Honcho (New York)
i-D (London)
index (New York)
Instinct (New York)
k48 (New York)
Loyal (Stockholm)
OM (Moscow)
Neo2 (Madrid)
New York Magazine
Préférences Mag (Paris)
Purple Sexe (Paris)
sQueeze (Amsterdam)
Stern (Germany)
SuperLab (Buenos Aires)
Têtu (Paris)
TimeOut New York
V (New York)
Visionaire (New York)
Vogue Russia
Die Weltwoche (Zurich)
XY (San Francisco)
 

MONOGRAPHS

NYC Go-Go: Photographs by Slava Mogutin, essay by Bruce Benderson. PowerHouse Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-57687-443-1

Lost Boys: Photography and text by Slava Mogutin, foreword by Dominic Johnson, essay by Octavio Zaya. PowerHouse Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2006. ISBN: 978-1-57687-330-4

 

BOOKS FEATURING SLAVA MOGUTIN’S WORK

A/ PHOTOGRAPHY

Mein Schwules Auge 7, Edited by Rinaldo Hopf and Axel Schock (in German and English). Konkursbuch Verlag Claudia Gehrke, Berlin, 2010, pp. 214-219, 311. ISBN: 978-3-88769-397-8

Mein Schwules Auge 6, Edited by Rinaldo Hopf and Axel Schock (in German and English). Konkursbuch Verlag Claudia Gehrke, Berlin, 2009, pp. 3, 259-263. ISBN: 978-3-88769-396-1

Andrukhovich, Yuri. The Moscoviad, Spuyten Duyvil, NYC, 2008. ISBN 978-1-933132-52-5 (cover art).

Mein Schwules Auge 5, Edited by Rinaldo Hopf and Axel Schock (in German and English). Konkursbuch Verlag Claudia Gehrke, Berlin, 2008, pp. 269-74. ISBN: 978-3-88769-395-4

The Nude Male: 21st Century Visions, Edited by David Leddick. Universe Publishing, NY, 2008, pp. 148-149.  ISBN-13: 9-780-7893-1756-8

Kembra Pfahler: Beautalism, Deitch Projects, NYC, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-9815771-3-5

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, a project by Olga Adelantado curated by Octavio Zaya (in Spanish and English). Centro Cultural Mentehermoso, 2007, pp. 20, 32-33. ISBN: 978-84-96845-04-6

Mein Schwules Auge 4, Edited by Rinaldo Hopf and Axel Schock (in German and English). Konkursbuch Verlag Claudia Gehrke, Berlin, 2007, pp. 5, 6, 259, 261-5. ISBN: 978-3-88769-394-7

BUTT BOOK: The Best of the First 5 Years of BUTT Magazine, Edited by Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers. Taschen, 2006, pp. 266, 398, 401, 419, 436. ISBN: 3-8228-3021-6

Mein Schwules Auge 3, Edited by Rinaldo Hopf and Axel Schock (in German). Konkursbuch Verlag Claudia Gehrke, Berlin, 2006, pp. 3, 16-17, 20, 23-25, 27, 53, 76, 114-117, 153, 236. ISBN: 3-888769-393-0

Visionaire 46, “Uncensored,” Edited by Mario Testino. NY, 2005. ISBN: 1-88864-554-7

Tom Ford. Rizzoli, NY, 2004. ISBN: 0-84782-669-4

Deep Blue. Blue Books, Sydney, 2004. ISBN: 9-78097508-818-0

Visionaire 41 “World”. NY, 2003. ISBN: 1-88864-538-5

 

B/ WRITINGS

Four Poems, in Transplants, Edited by David & Helen Constantine, Modern Poetry in Translation, Series 3, No. 13, 2010, pp. 17-21. ISBN 978-0-95559064-4-2

”Matthias Herrmann Action Figure,” in Matthias Herrmann’s Hotel V, Art Metropole, Toronto, 2007, pp. 71-72. ISBN: 978-0-920956-90-8

Van Gogh's Ear: World Poetry for the New Millennium, Edited by Ian Ayres, French Connection Press, Paris, 2004. ISBN: 2-91485-302-5

Bald Ego, Bald Ego Publishing, NY, 2002. ISBN 1-56466-094-X

Crossing Centuries: The New Generation in Russian Poetry, Talisman House, Jersey City, 2000, pp. 361-364. ISBN: 1-88368-989-9

The Art of Yuri Gorbachev, Rizzoli, NY, 1998. ISBN: 0-84782-143-9

“Invitation to a Beheading,” in The Best of the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Edited by Richard Schneider, Jr., Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1997, pp. 43-55. ISBN: 1-56639-596-8

“The Death of Misha Beautiful” and ”The Army Elegy,” in Out of the Blue: Russia’s Hidden Gay Literature, Edited by Kevin Moss, Gay Sunshine Press, San Francisco, 1997, pp. 393-400. ISBN: 0-94056-719-9

 

BOOKS IN RUSSIAN

Декларация Независимости (Declaration of Independence). Kolonna Publications, Tver’, 2004. ISBN: 598144028-7

Термоядерный Мускул: Испражнения для Языка (Termonuclear Muscle: Feces for the Tongue). NLO, The Andrei Bely Prize Series, Moscow, 2001. ISBN: 5-86793-149-8

30 Интервью (30 Interviews). Limbus Press, St. Petersburg, 2001. ISBN: 5-8370-0143-3

Роман с Немцем (German Romance). Kolonna Publications, 2000. ISBN: 5-88662-010-3

SS: Sверхчеловеческие Superтексты: Суперкнига о Сексе, Насилии и Смерти (SS: Superhuman Supertexts: Superbook About Sex, Violence and Death (under the alias SUPERMOGUTIN). NY, 2000.

Америка в Моих Штанах (America In My Pants). Kolonna Publications, Tver’, 1999. ISBN: 5-88662-010-9

Упражнения для Языка: Стехи о Любви и Ненависти (Exercises for the Tongue: Poems of Love and Hate). NY, 1997.

 

MONOGRAPHS ON SLAVA MOGUTIN’S WORK

Marcadé, Jean-Claude. Slava Mogutin – Poète, Critique, Photographe – Mise en Scène du Corps, in Provocation and Extravagance in Modern Russian Literature and Culture, Pegasus Oost-Europese Studies 9, Uitgeverej Pegasus, Amsterdam, 2008, pp. 141-162.

Chernetsky, Vitaly. Mapping Postcommunist Cultures: Russia and Ukraine in the Context of Globalization, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal and Kingston-London-Ithaca, 2007, pp. 152, 159, 167, 171-81, 267, 311-12.

Grzegorz Ojcewicz. Skazani na trwanie: Odmiency XX wieku w esejach Jaroslawa Mogutina (Doomed To Stay Forever: The 20th Century Queers in the Essays of Yaroslav Mogutin), Olsztyn, 2007 (in Polish).

Sergl, Anton. “le tombeau de rambeau: minimalis/mART fur jaroslav mogutin/tom international.” In Mirjam Goller und Georg Witte, eds. “Minimalismus: Zwischen Leere und Exzess.” Wiener Slawistischer Almanach, Sonderband 51, Vienna, 2001, pp. 279-304 (in German).

Essig, Laurie. Queer in Russia: A Story of Sex, Self, and the Other. Duke University Press, Durham and London, 1999, pp. 17-21, 48, 140, 143-46, 155-56.

Gessen, Masha. Dead Again: The Russian Intelligentsia After Communism. Verso, London–NY, 1997, pp. 185-88, 190-97, 201.

Tuller, David. Cracks in the Iron Closet: Travels in Gay & Lesbian Russia. Faber & Faber, Boston–London, 1996, pp. 200-201, 227, 239-240.