The Metaphysics of Boris Mikhailov
Boris Mikhailov Retrospective, 22 September 2004 – 2 January 2005, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
If we were to define photography today, we would have to posit its essential anonymity. To be more precise, we would have to rethink the very conditions of its theorizing: it is no longer “my” photograph that has to be redeemed by being set against the flow of time or the grand narratives of history. (And such, we remember, was Roland Barthes’s project.) It is “nobody’s” or, better still, “whatever” photograph that is likely to take its place in theorizing.
This radical shift in the … Read more