Demir Demirov

b.1983

The only thing left to do for a man born in the time of homophobia – is to resist it, regardless of their sexual identity. Confronting homophobia begins with the need to understand yourself. The first step to overcome the internal homophobia – is a step to your personal freedom, a step towards total freedom, total equality.

My name is Demir Demirov Demir(ov), I am gay! Perticipating in the fight with the HIV epidemic in Russia. My personal experience with the negative effects of homophobia became the source of my artistic researches. I am convinced that the failure to embrace oneself as gay is another obstacle on the path to personal happiness, and in a society with a high degree of homophobia is a condition for the spread of HIV in the gay media.

“Inner light” is the series of my art work about overcoming internal homophobia, the understanding of oneself as gay. During a year I was interviewing different guys about themselves, about their understanding of their sexuality, about their memories of the time when they first told themselves: «I am gay»

Then I transfered my impressions from these stories on kraft-paper, the most simple paper, which is unable to alienate the viewer. My desire was not to affect the retelling of these personal stories by complex colors and shapes, leaving it to the audience to process.

The white color lacks any judgment about the color, it is the beginning of all colors of the spectrum, and is an allegory of this story - the manifestation and the final dissolution. Black color absorbs all other colors, simplifying and freeing them of the characteristics and understanding of the values of the images.

Simplicity of the canvas, two-tone sketch-art and symbolism leave viewer a space for reflection and continuing dialogue with the storyteller without the presence of the artist.

Ergo, black - transformation, white - dissolution and a common history.
Wish you all good impressions and the Inner light!
Demir(ov).

Thank you guys for your support in this project:

Elizaveta Rukavishnikova, Dima Peredni, Vera Quesada-Akhmetova for being revived in me as an artist.

Per Eidspjeld, thank you for emotional support me.

Max Klirikov - for providing a creative workshop.

Roman Ilyuhov and Alexey Melnikov for inspire to complete the study.

Dimitry Derepa for the adaptation the text into English.

And all of my donors of stories about themselves.

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The only thing left to do for a man born in the time of homophobia – is to resist it, regardless of their sexual identity. Confronting homophobia begins with the need to understand yourself. The first step to overcome the internal homophobia – is a step to your personal freedom, a step towards total freedom, total equality.

My name is Demir Demirov Demir(ov), I am gay! Perticipating in the fight with the HIV epidemic in Russia. My personal experience with the negative effects of homophobia became the source of my artistic researches. I am convinced that the failure to embrace oneself as gay is another obstacle on the path to personal happiness, and in a society with a high degree of homophobia is a condition for the spread of HIV in the gay media.

“Inner light” is the series of my art work about overcoming internal homophobia, the understanding of oneself as gay. During a year I was interviewing different guys about themselves, about their understanding of their sexuality, about their memories of the time when they first told themselves: «I am gay»

Then I transfered my impressions from these stories on kraft-paper, the most simple paper, which is unable to alienate the viewer. My desire was not to affect the retelling of these personal stories by complex colors and shapes, leaving it to the audience to process.

The white color lacks any judgment about the color, it is the beginning of all colors of the spectrum, and is an allegory of this story - the manifestation and the final dissolution. Black color absorbs all other colors, simplifying and freeing them of the characteristics and understanding of the values of the images.

Simplicity of the canvas, two-tone sketch-art and symbolism leave viewer a space for reflection and continuing dialogue with the storyteller without the presence of the artist.

Ergo, black - transformation, white - dissolution and a common history.
Wish you all good impressions and the Inner light!
Demir(ov).

Thank you guys for your support in this project:

Elizaveta Rukavishnikova, Dima Peredni, Vera Quesada-Akhmetova for being revived in me as an artist.

Per Eidspjeld, thank you for emotional support me.

Max Klirikov - for providing a creative workshop.

Roman Ilyuhov and Alexey Melnikov for inspire to complete the study.

Dimitry Derepa for the adaptation the text into English.

And all of my donors of stories about themselves.

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