Artists - Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov was born in 1938, Kharkiv, Ukraine
He lives and works in Berlin

During the 1970s and 1980s, Boris Mikhailov's photographs featured satirical criticism of the Soviet regime. Since the demise of the Soviet Union, he has documented the poverty and social collapse that has enveloped his homeland. The series Case History (1997-8) includes almost 500 photographs, and focuses on the homeless of Kharkiv. As he believes, a turning point in his oeuvre coincided with a general turning point in photography – i.e. creating photographs like paintings. Understanding of a photograph as just a piece of information and a reportage photo shooting intended for pages of magazines and newspaper columns is changing – indeed, a photograph is assuming easel forms and 'goes' up on a wall. Due to this a priority becomes not the hunt for 'wow' shots, rather the possibility of conveying an important moral message to viewers. Instead of observing from a safe distance, Mykhailov feels an inner need "to communicate with low things on a close distance". A moment of this communication, in his opinion, is still under-characterized in culture; therefore he tries to exploit this resource… For the Ukrainian Pavilion Boris Mikhailov presents new series of photographs in big format take in Shargorod, a small city in Ukraine and another series of photos from Kharkiv, presented on tables. The contrast between the two series in term of format, presentation and feeling creates this kind of tension that the artist likes to explore to tell stories.

His personal exhibitions include the following: Football, XL Gallery, Moscow (2003); Case History, Saatchi Gallery, London (2001); Boris Mikhailov, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1998); Retrospective Review, Centre for Contemporary Art at NaUKMА, Kyiv (1997); Boris Mikhailov, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (1995). Group Exhibitions: New Space, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (2006); Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004); Moscow-Berlin, History Museum, Moscow, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2003); Biennial of Sao Paulo (2002); The Future is Now. Ukrainian Art of the 90s, Contemporary Art Museum, Zagreb (1999)

Project
Project
Sergey Bratkov Dzine Alexander Hnilitsky & Lesja Zaiats Boris Mikhailov Juergen Teller Mark Titchner Sam Taylor Wood
 
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