Despite the shocking fact that there are no gay people in Sochi, you might still be pissed off about the Russian government’s repressive attitude toward their country’s LGBTQ communities. On the eve of the 2014 winter games, what’s an art-and-civil-rights-loving Olympics fan to do? One option is to head to the Purple & Gold benefit event this Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Louis B. James Gallery, where Print All Over Me is launching a capsule collection of printed tracksuits sporting work from the likes of David Benjamin Sherry, Kalup Linzy, Ryan McNamara, and Jack Pierson. Proceeds benefit the Russian LGBT Network.
“These uniforms directly engage with the systematic and legalized discrimination that the Russian government has perpetrated on the LGBTQ people,” says Print All Over Me president Jesse Finkelstein.” While uniforms are typically expressions of national patriotism or strength, these tracksuits are a reminder of the basic and universal vulnerability that gay, trans, and straight people are all born into. While the Olympics can be fun theater, where states play out their various partisan fantasies, these tracksuits are for the weak and precarious.”
Print All Over Me also enables you to produce your own clothing (or pillows, tote bags, etceteras) simply by uploading imagery via their website. If none of the commissioned tracksuits strike your fancy, we might recommend creating one based on any of the totally heterosexual images of Vladimir Putin that the internet has to offer.
Main image from left: Tracksuits by Lucas Michael, David Benjamin Sherry, and Ryan McNamara. (All tracksuits have matching tops and bottoms).