Cover Osteuropa 10/2013

In Osteuropa 10/2013

Reluctantly Political
Russian in Berlin: queer + art = Quarteera

Zlata Bossina

Deutsche Fassung


In Berlin, a group of Russian-speaking lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals have joined forces in the association Quarteera. Quarteera offers capacity development and uses art and words to fight homophobia in the diaspora and in Russia. On a weekly basis, Quarteera explains the situation of the queer population in Russia and the post-Soviet space. Zlata Bossina introduces Quarteera, analyses the purpose of homophobic mobilisation, depicts what it means for those affected, and dares to take a pessimistic and an optimistic look into the future.

(Osteuropa 10/2013, pp. 117–126)