The events taking place in the North Caucasus and Chechnya are a heightened demonstration of the situation faced by LGBTQ+ people throughout the Russian Federation.
No Such People Here is about the raw material of this demonstration — the lives and suffering of real people. Curated by Anna Narinskaya, the exhibition is dedicated to individuals persecuted and rejected not for their crimes, or even for their actions, but for who they are. Alongside their own words, the stories of these individuals are represented in our exhibition by the objects that became witnesses to what happened to them. In some cases, these are things that survivors were able to preserve over the course of their arrest, torture, and escape, until they reached the shelter. In others, they are ordinary, everyday things that became instruments of violence and torture.
As illustrations to the documented memories of victims and survivors, these objects are important testament to the mortal danger that threatens LGBTQ+ people throughout the territory of the Russian Federation.