The blaring DJ booth was merely a bass drop to the voices of eager, angsty and engaged young creatives attentive to the Baby I like it raw exhibition at its Thursday, March 2 Opening. Perhaps these are their stories to tell. The mingle among friends and respect for the vignettes that circulate the exhibition created a noise in the quiet, high class notions of the Upper East Side. The contradiction of its location deems appropriate when considering its initiative at the Czech Center New York within this conservative neighborhood.
Post Eastern Bloc photography marks its anthem. This style of photo journalism combats definitions instituted by the autocratic dictum. Unified by a collective responds to the nature of restraints with portraits and images of what freedom means for those who experienced or feel the aftermath of the political rule.
Among Slava Mogutin’s narrative, an erected penis carries a sergeant general’s hat. The Siberian photographer juxtaposes notions of societal dictations with personal desire. The contrast broadcasts between a group portrait of young men in uniform, and another teenage boy dressed in a jock strap wrapping boxing tap around his hands as he prepares to fight. This perspective seen in another image of a young man dressed in a similar fashion photographed in Fighter’s Stance. Mogutin shares his perspective on gender identity and cultural obedience by sharing images of those who proudly non-conform. Between the space of intimate and public space, Slava Mogutin’s presentation aggravates authoritarian ideals of gender by presenting proud images of homosexual implications with notions of young political alliance.