03/09/2018 – 01/11/2018

S&D#031: Slavs and Tatars

Bicephalic

“The history of Russia is the history of a country which colonizes itself” — Klyuchevsky

Unlike the more heteronormative eagles on the Polish or German flags, the eagle on Russia’s coat of arms swings both ways, facing both East and West. Taking its cues from Byzantine heraldry where emperors were also Christ’s representatives on earth, Bicephalic layers Russia’s particular position as Europe and Asia, self and other onto the bi-sexual flag, arguing for a geopolitical identity through non binary sexuality.