Sometimes the best way to challenge injustice and inequality is through humour, an idea that Mother London have again explored in their new project. Horrified by the treatment of the LGBT community in Russia, where homosexuality has been classed as a mental illness since 1999, Mother have worked with The Kaleidoscope Trust charity to create something silly that has a serious point to make. To Russia With Love is a limited edition set of hand-painted Russian dolls but in place of bonneted matrons, the sets feature prominent British LGBT figures, namely Sir Elton John, George Michael, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Tom Daley (presumably a late addition). The dolls are being auctioned off on eBay to raise funds for the charity and sets are being delivered to both The Kremlin and the Russian Embassy in London.
With the winter Olympics heading to Sochi next year, more attention will turn to Russia’s gay rights record and this is a tongue-in-cheek way to make a point that we shouldn’t stand for this kind of behaviour in the 21st Century.
- The legacy of late NYC street photographer Arlene Gottfried
- Nice Magazine nurtures and honestly represents young talent from the African continent
- Designer Raoul Gottschling on branding shape-shifting spaces and happy accidents
- Judit Kristensen on the pace and vulnerability of her pencil portraits
- Kim Jakobsen To's honest and impeccably stylish photography
- Graphic designer Johanna Burai's work is as critical and politically charged as ever
- Lacoste swaps famous crocodile logo for ten endangered species
- Director of Taylor Swift's Delicate video accused of copying Spike Jonze’s Kenzo advert
- These Swedish kids designed a typeface to celebrate their neighbourhood
- Discover Harvard student Mindy Seu's research-focused design practice
- A new Vitra Museum exhibition shows the hedonistic history of nightclub design
- Forget about Playboy; Leste is the community-led magazine of new erotics