Boris Mikhaïlov’s Ukraine, at the MEP this fall

The MEP is proud to present, from the 7th of September, 2022 to the 15th of January, 2023,  the most important retrospective to date devoted to the Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov (born in 1938 in Kharkiv) : Boris Mikhaïlov — Ukrainian diary. 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.

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 that draw on more than twenty of his most important series, up to his most recent work.

To accompany this major event the MEP has invited three emerging artists to exhibit in the Studio, drawing out different themes from Mikhailov’s work: Elsa and Johanna work with performance and the logic of family albums, while Antony Cairns reworks and hand-colours images of contemporary cities in photography and film.

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De la série « Red », 1968-75.
Tirage chromogène numérique, 45,5 x 30,5 cm
© Boris Mikhailov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Tate : Acheté avec l'aide de l'Art Fund (avec une contribution de la Wolfson Foundation) et Konstantin Grigorishin 2011.

De la série « Luriki » (Colored Soviet Portrait), 1971-85.
Photographie noir et blanc colorée à la main, 81 x 61 cm
© Boris Mikhailov. Collection Pinault. Courtesy Guido Costa Projects, Orlando Photo

De la série « Yesterday’s Sandwich », 1966-68.
Tirage à développement chromogène, 30 x 45 cm
© Boris Mikhailov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris.

De la série « Crimean Snobbism », 1982
Tirage argentique sépia, 15 x 20 cm
© Boris Mikhailov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris.
Tate : Acheté avec l'aide de l'Art Fund (avec une contribution de la Wolfson Foundation) et Konstantin Grigorishin 2011.

De la série « At Dusk », 1993
Tirage à développement chromogène, 132,9 x 66 cm
© Boris Mikhailov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris.

De la série « Salt Lake », 1986
Tirage à développement chromogène ton sépia, 75,5 x 104,5 cm
© Boris Mikhailov, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris.

De la série « National Hero », 1991
Tirage à développement chromogène, 120 x 81 cm
© Boris Mikhailov, VG Bild- Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris.

De la série « Case History », 1997-98
Tirage à développement chromogène, 172x119cm
© Boris Mikhailov, VG Bild- Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris.