Opening of the "Mountain of Grief"
Hiking route in memory of LGBT people in the mountains is the result of cooperation between the civil sector and the art sphere, Diana Arseneva from LGBT organization "Labrys" and Maxim Finogeyev, an artist from Ukraine. The art project compares natural uplands near Bishkek with the level of violence and intolerance in the country, as numerous places of massacres of LGBT people are hidden in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The visitor gradually discovers the experience of the heroes simultaneously with the immersion into the landscape. An open-air walk is complemented by an audio guide in the form of an epic that tells about the emotional side of deprivation of human rights and freedoms in modern society. In a hostile environment, the artwork focuses on the pain of others and empathy for each other as a test of humanity and kindness.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Maxim's participation in consultations and development of the art project "Mountains of Gore" was held online and coordinated by Diana. The sound of the stories of LGBT people is supported by a digital dimension with links to popular digital map services. Renaming the geographic site is a symbol of the state of time, which concentrates the memory of the suffering of the LGBT community and challenges the idea of violence against it.

The project was implemented with the assistance of the Georgian platform "ARTIF" and with the participation of Kyrgyz LGBT people and allies, whose names cannot be named because of the risk of persecution within the country.

Opening of the "Mountain of Grief"
Hiking route in memory of LGBT people in the mountains is the result of cooperation between the civil sector and the art sphere, Diana Arseneva from LGBT organization "Labrys" and Maxim Finogeyev, an artist from Ukraine. The art project compares natural uplands near Bishkek with the level of violence and intolerance in the country, as numerous places of massacres of LGBT people are hidden in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The visitor gradually discovers the experience of the heroes simultaneously with the immersion into the landscape. An open-air walk is complemented by an audio guide in the form of an epic that tells about the emotional side of deprivation of human rights and freedoms in modern society. In a hostile environment, the artwork focuses on the pain of others and empathy for each other as a test of humanity and kindness.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Maxim's participation in consultations and development of the art project "Mountains of Gore" was held online and coordinated by Diana. The sound of the stories of LGBT people is supported by a digital dimension with links to popular digital map services. Renaming the geographic site is a symbol of the state of time, which concentrates the memory of the suffering of the LGBT community and challenges the idea of violence against it.

The project was implemented with the assistance of the Georgian platform "ARTIF" and with the participation of Kyrgyz LGBT people and allies, whose names cannot be named because of the risk of persecution within the country.
Listen to the audioguide:
Community platform with human rights and advocacy tools, driven by different generations of activists to protect the rights and freedoms of LGBT communities in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.
LGBT organization "Labrys"
Maxim Finogeyev
Platform for collaboration between artists and human rights defenders who seek to create an equal society and tell a broad audience that human rights are about each one of us. The platform was created by the NGO Truth Hounds
Artist from Ukraine, who in his works is interested in the practices of interaction with the audience, the functioning of art in the public space and the intersection with other areas, like tourism, public sector, psychology.
Coordinator of the art project in the LGBT organization "Labrys", who has experience in organizing advocacy activities on the intersection of art and human rights.
Diana Arseneva
ARTIF
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