Salt Lake (1985)
Bromoid gelatin silver print, framed or unframed, 9 1/2” x 12” (paper). 1985, later print.
Edition of 300. Initialed and stamped “einmalige Auflage für die griffelkunst 2000“ on verso.
Condition: 2 handling creases discernible only on reverse.
THE ARTIST ON HIS WORK
“There’s a kind of interplay between the old and the new going on here. […] It was an outworking of an old idea I’d entertained before: we’re right there, and yet not there. It’s both today—and a long, long time ago.“ (Boris Mikhailov quoted in Boris Mikhailov, I’ve been here once before / J’ai déjà été ici un jour, David Teboul. Munich: Edition Hirmer Verlag GmgH / Paris: Edition Les Presses du réel, 2011. See e-flux announcement Boris Mikhailov’s Salt Lake.)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Boris Mikhailov is a Soviet and Ukrainian photographer and a key figure of the Kharkiv School of Photography. His early photographs explored the duality of Soviet life, from intimate, candid portraits of private life to investigations of the collective body in public spaces, as in the series Salt Lake, images of bathers taken clandestinely by the photographer while visiting southern Ukraine. Later works explore the post-communist condition, including his well-known Case History series (1998-99), documenting those left homelessness by the social upheaval following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
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