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Russian Editor Apologizes For Offensive Photo: ‘I Utterly Abhor Racism’

russia chair black womanMiroslava Duma came under fire Monday for publishing an image on her website, Buro 24/7,  which depicted Garage magazine’s editor-in-chief Dasha Zhukova perched atop a chair-sculpture fashioned in the form of a contorted Black woman in bondage wear.

Duma has since issued an apology on Instagram after the photo sparked an angry backlash.

The chair, which has a cushion on the back of the mannequin’s thighs, is similar to the fiberglass piece “Chair” produced by pop artist Allen Jones.

Shortly after it was posted, Buro 24/7 removed the image and replaced it with a cropped version where only the legs were visible, The Evening Standard has reported, after some accused the magazine of being racist in online posts.

It also removed the picture from its Instagram account following multiple complaints.

“We are against racism or gender inequality or anything that infringes upon anyone’s rights,” Duma’s apology said.

“We love, respect and look up to people regardless of their race, gender or social status.”

The chair was designed by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard and “reinterprets art historical works from artist Allen Jones as a commentary on gender and racial politics,” a spokesperson for  Zhukova said.

Zhukova told the paper: “This photograph, which has been published completely out of context, is of an artwork intended specifically as a commentary on gender and racial politics.

“I utterly abhor racism, and would like to apologize to anyone who has been offended by this image.”

Zhukova had also posted the image on her own Instagram account, where it was met with a barrage of criticism. She too has removed the picture.


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