Camera / direction: Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny
Sound / editing: Brian Kenny
Styling: Emmanuel Renoird & Nicolas Libert
Starring (in order of appearance): Matthieu Charneau, Henry Coin, Martin Gregory, and David McCreary
Artwork, fashion, design & accessories by aëdle, Arik Levy, Brian Kenny, Denis Colomb, Gertrud & George, Kobja, LuckyBoySunday, Misericordia, Planet Cipher, Ursul, Valentin Loellmann, 22/4 Hommes-Femmes
Special Thanks to Rodger at Success Lab, Sharp & Durk at Tom of Finland Foundation, and Congrats! Magazine
Commissioned and produced by Please Do Not Enter | pleasedonotenter.com
DTLA, July 2014
SUPERM is an international multimedia art team founded by Russian author and artist Slava Mogutin (born 1974) and American artist and musician Brian Kenny (b. 1982). Having joined their forces in 2004, both artists come from completely different backgrounds: Siberian-born Mogutin was exiled from Russia at the age of 21 for his queer writings and activism; Kenny was born on the American military base in Heidelberg, Germany, and grew up traveling throughout the US with his all-American, Catholic, military family. They are responsible for site-specific, multimedia gallery and museum shows in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Oslo, Bergen, Moscow, and León (Spain).
In their work, they use all available media and source materials, ranging from reclaimed furniture and street art to personal fetish gear, hair and body fluids. SUPERM installations combine photography, video, sound, text, drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, and performance. Using themselves and their friends as models, actors and collaborators, SUPERM creates a multidisciplinary body of site-specific work that reaches audiences far beyond the usual art crowd. Transgressive, political and personal, SUPERM work is a response to a world of shameless war propaganda, media brainwashing, corporate censorship, state-induced paranoia, and shrinking personal freedoms; a world where natives of countries outside the European Union and the USA are treated as second-class citizens and nonconformists artists as criminals.
SUPERM videos have recently been shown at the GLBT Film Festival, The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, MIX NYC, Revolution & Sexual Revolution Film Festival in Tokyo, Paris Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, PornfilmfestivalBerlin (2nd Prize in Short Film Competition), as well as various art and club venues across Europe and the US.
The ever expanding list of SUPERM collaborators include Gio Black Peter, Bruce LaBruce, Christophe Chemin, Marcelo Krasilcic, Dominic Johnson, Desi Santiago, Tom Dura, Billy Miller, Jason Farrer, Christophe Hamaide-Pierson, Dmitryi Rozin, Joakim Andreasson, Josh Lee, and Marko Brozic.