For the second edition of SF Photofairs, gallery Suzanne Tarasieve will curate a booth with works by Boris Mikhaïlov and Juergen Teller. This project prolongs a dialogue and mutual admiration between two renowned photographers, belonging to two different generations.
Suzanne Tarasieve’s project for SF Photofairs highlights the way Juergen Teller’s work resonates with Boris Mikhaïlov’s commitment to photography, also known to reverse assumptions and strip off social conventions.
Born in Erlangen (Germany), in 1964, Juergen Teller has been able to operate successfully in the art world and in the fashion photography, since the beginning his career in the late 80s. His approach blurs the boundaries between commercial and non commercial work, with subjects ranging from portraits of celebrities (e.g. Kate Moss, Kurt Cobain and Vivienne Westwood) to more recent landscapes and family portraits. Using uncomplimentary angles, raw light and unconventional settings, Juergen Teller turns the viewer into the spectator. His distinctive aesthetic is characterized by humor, self-mockery and emotional honesty.
Born in 1938, in Kharkiv (Ukraine), Boris Mikhailov’s art blossomed among Soviet unofficial artists in the late 1960s, when severe restrictions were placed on artistic practice. From then on, Mikhaïlov took pictures tracking down hidden or unrevealed realities, in a context swamped with ideological mythologies. Using farce, tenderness but also harsh bluntness, his uncompromising images draw a parallel with Juergen Teller’s work by luring the viewer close to his subjects, with a unique and uninhibited approach to portraiture.
In 2007 Juergen Teller was commissioned by the PinchukArtCentre, along with four other artists, to interpret the Ukraine for the 52nd Venice Biennale. 10 years later, Boris Mikhaïlov was selected to represent the Ukrainian pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale. The exhibition catalogue, commissioned by Dallas Contemporary, was designed by Juergen Teller.