Boris Mikhailov

Ukrainian, b. 1938

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Boris Mikhailov

Ukrainian, b. 1938

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One of the leading photographers from the former Soviet Union, Boris Mikhailov is best known for his photographic narratives of angst and listlessness, urban ruin, and mental illness. A social documentarian, Mikhailov poetically describes the sad realities obscured by the rapid economic growth that the former Communist Bloc has recently undergone. “It is a disgraceful world, populated by some creatures that were once humans, but now these living beings are degraded, ghastly, appalling,” he says. “This ‘fauna’ is specific especially to the period of quasi-general diffidence, specific for most of the post-communist world.” In “Case History” (1997-98), Mikhailov explored the condition of the homeless in the industrial city of Kharkov, his life-size color photographs capturing the homeless that live on the periphery of a city that has otherwise reached a prosperous state since the fall of the USSR.

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Biography

One of the leading photographers from the former Soviet Union, Boris Mikhailov is best known for his photographic narratives of angst and listlessness, urban ruin, and mental illness. A social documentarian, Mikhailov poetically describes the sad realities obscured by the rapid economic growth that the former Communist Bloc has recently undergone. “It is a disgraceful world, populated by some creatures that were once humans, but now these living beings are degraded, ghastly, appalling,” he says. “This ‘fauna’ is specific especially to the period of quasi-general diffidence, specific for most of the post-communist world.” In “Case History” (1997-98), Mikhailov explored the condition of the homeless in the industrial city of Kharkov, his life-size color photographs capturing the homeless that live on the periphery of a city that has otherwise reached a prosperous state since the fall of the USSR.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more