Boris Mikhaïlov: Ukrainian diary

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Boris Mikhaïlov: Ukrainian diary

to Sun 15 Jan 2023

Artist: Boris Mikhailov

5-7 Rue de Fourcy, 75004 Boris Mikhaïlov: Ukrainian diary

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The MEP presents the most important retrospective to date devoted to the Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov (born in 1938 in Kharkiv). Considered one of the most influential contemporary artists from Eastern Europe, he has been developing a body of experimental photographic work exploring social and political subjects for more than fifty years.

Artworks

From the series « Luriki » (Colored Soviet Portrait), 1971-85

Hand colored black and white photograph
81 x 61 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov. Collection Pinault. Courtesy Guido Costa Projects, Orlando Photo

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From the series « Luriki » (Colored Soviet Portrait), 1971-85

Hand colored black and white photograph
61 x 81 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov. Collection Pinault. Courtesy Guido Costa Projects, Orlando Photo

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From the series « Yesterday’s Sandwich », 1966-68

Chromogenic print
30 x 45 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Yesterday’s Sandwich », 1966-68

Chromogenic print
30 x 45 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Black Archive », 1968-1979

Black and white photograph
24 x 18 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Black Archive », 1968-1979

Black and white photograph
24 x 18 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Viscidity », 1982

Black and white photography on tinted paper, colored pencils
30 x 18 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Dance », 1978

Gelatin silver print
16.2 x 24.5 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Dance », 16.2 x 24.5 cm

Gelatin silver print
16.2 x 24.5 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « By the Ground », 1991

Gelatin silver print, sepia tone
11.5 x 29.5 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « National Hero », 1991

Chromogenic print
120 x 81 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « At Dusk », 1993

Chromogenic print
66 x 132.9 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « At Dusk », 1993

Chromogenic print
66 x 132.9 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Salt Lake », 1986

Chromogenic print, sepia tone
75.5 x 104.5 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino », 2000-2010

Chromogenic print
25.5 x 80 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino », 2000-2010

From the series « Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino »
25.5 x 80 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « The Theater of War, Second Act, Time Out », 2013

Chromogenic print
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « The Theater of War, Second Act, Time Out », 2013

Chromogenic print
130 x 180 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « The Theater of War, Second Act, Time Out », 2013

Chromogenic print
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Case History », 1997-98

Chromogenic print
172 x 119 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Case History », 1997-98

From the series « Case History »
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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From the series « Diary », 1973-2016

Black and white photography on tinted paper, colored pencils
29.7 x 21 cm
© Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris

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Boris Mikhailov’s pioneering practice encompasses documentary photography, conceptual work, painting and performance. Since the 1960s, he has been creating a haunting record of the tumultuous changes in Ukraine that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union and the disastrous consequences of its dissolution. Conceived in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition brings together more than 800 images drawing on more than twenty of his most important series, up to his most recent work.

In an extraordinarily rich body of work that defies categorisation, Mikhailov unsettles visual codes. Inventing his own distinct artistic language in series that vary enormously in terms of technique, format and approach, he bears witness to the harsh social realities and absurdities of his time.

Combining humour and tragedy, Boris Mikhailov unceasingly defends artistic freedom as both a means of resistance. Through his uncompromising treatment of controversial subjects, he demonstrates the subversive power of art.

For more than half a century, he has been bearing witness to the grip of the Soviet system on his country, constructing a complex and powerful photographic narrative on Ukraine’s contemporary history that in light of current events, is all the more poignant and enlightening.

Born in 1938 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and trained as an engineer, Boris Mikhailov is a self-taught photographer. Early in his career, he was given a camera in order to document the state-owned factory where he was employed; he used it to take nude photographs of his wife. He developed them in the factory’s laboratory, and was fired after they were found by KGB agents.

Today seen as one of the most important figures on the international art scene, he has received many prestigious awards, among them the 2015 Goslar Kaiserring Award, the Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (now the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Award) in 2001 and the Hasselblad Award in 2000. He represented Ukraine at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and again in 2017.

His work has been exhibited in major international venues, including the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York, and more recently, the Berlinische Galerie and C/O Berlin in Berlin, the Pinchuk Art Center in Kyiv, the Sprengel Museum in Hannover and the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Baden Baden.

Boris Mikhailov is represented in Paris by the Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery. He also shows his work at the Sprovieri Gallery in London, Guido Costa Projects in Turin, Barbara Gross in Munich and Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin.

He lives between Berlin and Kharkiv with his wife, Vita.

From the series « Case History », 1997-98. Chromogenic print © Boris Mikhaïlov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris


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