Sergey Shabohin is an artist, curator, art-activist, critic and editor at the portal on the Belarusian contemporary art, ArtAktivist.org, and co-founder and chief editor at the research platform on Belarusian contemporary art, Kalektar.org. Shabohin works with subjects such as art in the public space, culture and history system criticism, the role of today's museums and archives, the opening of invisible history, and the category of fear and the social body in the Belarusian society.
In the work by Belarusian artist Sergey Shabohin, we face the reality of the voice of minority in a public space. The work is built upon documenting writings on seams between tiles in public toilets of Minsk that are the only means of communication for the gay community. The public utility services thoroughly clean such writings off, but the space between the tiles does not allow for a fast cleaning. This work is an imprint of the real public space: sterilised, aggressive towards any atypical forms of attitude, where everything that does not fit in the norms of the patriarchal and conservative authority's course is expulsed to hidden areas: clubs, apartments or toilets. In the authority's view, these seams are covered with dirt, but to Sergey Shabohin, these are the symbols of freedom of expression.