You probably already heard about him many times. Especially if you're a Morphosis habitué. Yaroslav Yurievich Mogutin is a New York-based Russian artist and author, who works across different media, including photography, video, text, installation, sculpture and painting. He has been accused of "open and deliberate contempt for generally accepted moral norms"; "malicious hooliganism with exceptional cynicism and extreme insolence"; "inflaming social, national, and religious division"; "propaganda of brutal violence, psychic pathology, and sexual perversions" in his country. Forced to leave Russia, he was granted political asylum in the US with the support of Amnesty International and PEN American Center. Upon his arrival in the Big Apple, he shifted his focus to visual art and became an active member of the downtown art scene. Since 1999, his photography has been exhibited internationally and featured in a wide range of publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, i-D, Visionaire, L'Uomo Vogue, Secret Behavior, etc... Slava Mogutin’s trajectory, be it personal, cultural or political, is one that defies conventions. He's currently putting together several new book projects, including a book of poetry and a book of photography covering over a decade of his studio and magazine work.