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Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
Boris Mikhailov, born in 1938 in Kharkov, Ukraine lives and works in the Ukraine and in Berlin. Case History documents Mikhailov’s perception of social disintegration ensuing from the break-up of the Soviet Union – both in terms of social structures and the resulting human condition. Case History documents the social oppression, the devastating poverty, the harshness and helplessness of everyday life for the homeless
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“First, these were the people who had recently lost their homes. According to their position they were already the bomzhes (“bomzh” = the homeless without any social support), according to outlook they were simply the people who got into trouble.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“Now they are becoming the bomzhes with their own class psychology and “clan” features. For me it was very important that I took their photos when they were still like “normal” people. I made a book about the people who got into trouble but didn’t manage to harden so far.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“I suddenly felt that many people were going to die at that place. And the bomzhes had to die in the first rank, like heroes – as if their lives protected the others’ lives.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“It is a disgraceful world, populated by some creatures that were once humans, but now these living beings are degraded, ghastly, appalling. This "fauna" is specific especially to the period of quasi-general diffidence, specific for most of the post-communist world.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“"BOMJI". It is a term made of capital letters, recently coined. It literally refers to those people without a stable residence, practically living in the streets, wherever they can stretch their bones.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“I took the pictures displaying naked people with their things in hands like people going to gas chambers.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“What happened on the ruins of the ex-Soviet Empire is still unique. Motivations are different. These guys’ shabbiness is the mirror of the ruin and disappointment of a much larger number of people, most of whom no longer feel safe and wealthy as in the Soviet era; many people’s ideals are gone forever, others have simply gone mad! I have taken pictures of them and I have enjoyed it, and maybe the whole world has a better understanding of the post-communist dramas through these sequences taken directly after nature.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“This series of photos is a cycle called "Case History", that I might equally call the "clinical file of a disease". It took shape round 1997-1998. A big city, such as Harkov, offered me a great deal of raw material. And I did not miss it, I did not ignore it.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“I tried to capture the feeling of their helplessness, of their social oppression; I once witnessed a scene whereby a strong young man caviled at a poor guy passing by and kicked him hard. I even thought I had heard the poor man’s bones break. Nobody noticed it, either those nearby, or the militia man patrolling close by. I felt guilty, as I often feel guilty of things I see and take pictures of.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“Many people tell me that they have noticed such guys only after seeing my photos. Before, they didn’t have eyes for them. I could not say that I am a "chronographer" above all, because I am selecting, even sniffing situations for a long time. They say about me, that I proceed like a cat hiding, watching. I am waiting for the best moment to push the button of the camera.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“I am not trying to take pictures of sensational things, but rather of those things which are in excess.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“I am trying to find the unique in that manifold reality itself. Maybe that is exactly what people like, first of all.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
“I think that the phenomenon I am telling the world about is post-communist and post-Soviet in its essence and that it belongs especially to this world, to the Slavic universe.”
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
When used for documentation purposes, the photograph exposes a host of fissures within society, portraying the condition of the immediate environment while simultaneously gauging it in a single snapshot.
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
These particular images first portray the working class of the Cold War era and then the poverty-stricken public, proving that both Perestroika and Glasnost left the people of the Ukraine with much less than they promised.
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
Case History documents the social oppression, the devastating poverty, the harshness and helplessness of everyday life for the homeless
Case History
Boris Mikhailov
Case History

1997-1998

A set of 413 photographs

Dimensions variable
A selection illustrated
Mikhailov was never trained as a photographer but used the medium as a forum for free exchange which revealed controversial subject matter--such as nudity or the dire poverty that he and others witnessed throughout the neighborhoods of the Ukraine.

Mikhailov- 1999 Case History

Boris Mikhailov's BIOGRAPHY

Boris Mikhailov
Born in 1938, Kharkov, former USSR
Lives and works in Berlin and Kharkov.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2012
Time is Out of Joint, Berlinischer Galerie
Triptychs, Sprovieri Gallery, London
Salt Lake, La criee centre d’art contemporain, Rennes

2011
Case History, MoMa, New York, NY
Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

2010
1989. Ende der Geschichte oder Beginn der Zukunft?,Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
1989. Ende der Geschichte oder Beginn der Zukunft?, Villa
Schöningen, Potsdam, Germany

2009
Dusk, Deweer Gallery, Belgium
Yesterday’s Sandwich – 1960/70 (Space 2 – Loft 19), Suzanne Tarasieve Paris, Paris, France

2008
The Wedding, Sprovieri Progetti, London, UK
Historical Insinuations, Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts at Moscow Contemporary Art Center, Moscow, Russia

2007
Banzai!, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany
Boris Mikhailov, Look at me I look at Water, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Boris Mikhailov, Barbara Gross Galerie, München, Germany
Boris Mikhailov, Yesterday, kunst Meran im Haus der Sparkasse, Meran, Italy

2006
Yesterday’s Sandwich, Shugoarts, Tokyo, Japan

2005
Butterbrot, Galerie Ilka Bree, Bordeaux, France
Zeit Raum Bild – 10 Jahre Dokumentarfotografie, Kulturforum,Berlin, Germany
Look at Me I Look at Water / If I were a German / I am not I Suzanne Tarasiéve Paris, Paris, France
Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,USA
Look at me I look at Water, Centre de la Photographie, Geneva,Switzerland

2004
Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain
In the Street, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany
TV-Mania, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany
Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
Boris Mikhailov: A Retrospective, Institute of Contemporary Art,Boston, USA
Boris Mikhailov, fotografies 60's-2003, Institut de Cultura deBarcelona, Spain
Testimony of the Negative, Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej Zamek,Warszawa, Poland

2003
Boris Mikhailov: private Freuden, lastende Langeweile, öffentlicher
Zerfall, eine Retrospektive, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Germany
Cambrige Album, Duke University, USA

2002
TV Mania, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany
The Insulted and the Injured, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
TV Mania, Galerie der Stadt, Schwaz, Austria

2001
Boris Mikhailov: Case History & Heiner Müller Projekt, Haus der
Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden
Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland
The Photographic Museum, Helsinki, Sweden
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2000
Boris Mikhailov. 2000 Hasselblad Award Winner, Hasselblad
Center, Göteburg, Sweden
Boris Mikhailov, The Photographers` Gallery, London, UK
Dvir Galerie, Tel Aviv, Israel
Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich, Germany

1999
By the Ground, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubliana, Slovenia
Boris Mikhailov, Museo Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy
Case History, DAAD Galerie, Berlin
Case History and Dance, Scalo Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
Boris Mikhailov, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France

1998
Boris Mikhailov, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
Boris Mikhailov. Les Misérables (About the World), Sprengel
Museum, Hannover, Germany
Peri Center of Photography, Turku, Finland

1997
Photomania, DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Crimean Grafomania, Galerie in der Brotfabrik, Berlin, Germany
Hippolyte Photographie Galerie, Helsinki, Finland
1996
Boris Mikhailov, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland
Boris Mikhailov - A Retrospective, SCCA, Soros Center of
Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine

1995
Boris Mikhailov, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
After the Fall, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA

1994
Hotel Europa, Foto Festival Rotterdam, Holland
Perspektief, Photographic Center, Rotterdam, Holland

1992
Boris Mikhailov: Werke von 1970 - 1991, Forum Stadtpark, Graz,Austria

1990
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Boris Mikhailov: Arles - Paris 1989, Signalhallen, Armémuseum,
Stockholm, Sweden
The Missing Picture/Zeitgenössische Fotografie aus der
Sowjetunion, List Visual Arts Center, MIT, Cambridge (MA), USA
Union Bank Collection, Helsinki, Finland


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London

2011
Monanism, Mona, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Venice Biennale, Collatoral Projects, Palazzo Grazzi
Photography: New Documentary Forms, Tate Modern, London, UK

2010
Sexuality and Transcendence, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
Realismus – das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit. Courbet – Hopper– Gursky, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany

2009
1968: Die große Unschuld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
Printed Matter, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Faces, Fondazione Ragghianti, Italy

2008
Glück - Welches Glück, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden,Germany

2007
Biennale di Venezia, Ukrainian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Hot + Bothered: Looking at the Landscape/Thinking about the World, Pace, MacGill Gallery, New York, USA
What Does the Jellyfish Want?, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Der Kontrakt des Fotografen, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

2006
Der Kontrakt des Fotografen, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th
Century, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Twilight-Photography in the Magic Hour, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Die Schönheit der Chance, Institut für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg, Germany
Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo-Berlin. Die Kunst zweier Städte, Neue
Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Toucher l’indicible, Centre régional d’art contemporain, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Tokyo-Berlin/Berlin-Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Hills,Tokyo, Japan

2005
Circa Berlin, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Minimalist Kitsch & Visionäre Sammlung Vol.1, Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland
Motor Blues, Fotografien aus der Schenkung AutroWerke von BMW Financial Services, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany
Information/Transformation, Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium
Rundlederwelten, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany

2004
Verworpenen en Zondaskinderen, De Hallen Harlem, The Netherlands
Social Creatures. How Body Becomes Art / Soziale Kreaturen. Wie Körper Kunst wird, Sprengel Museum Hannover
The Beauty of Darkness, Reflex Modern Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
Berlin-Moskau / Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000, Staatliche Tretjakow-Galerie, Moskow, Russia
Photo Exhibition, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich, Germany
Fotografia Verbal: Ilya Kabakov, Boris Mikhailov, Museuserralves, Museu de Arte Contamporanea, Porto, Portugal
Privatisierungen. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Osteuropa, KW
Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Channel Zero, Netherlands Media Arts Institute/Montevideo TBA, Amsterdam, Holland
Dorf in die Metropole, Rohkunstbau in Berlin, Studio 1,
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Architektur der Obdachlosigkeit. Biss zu Gast in der Berlinischen Galerie, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2003
Witness. Contemporary Artists document our Time, Barbican Gallery, London, UK
Cruel + Tender, The Real in the Twentieth-Century Photograph, Tate Modern, London, UK
Warum, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Berlin/Moskau, Moskau/Berlin 1950-2000, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Mircro Politicas (3), Arte Y Cotidianidad, Espai D‘Art Contemporani De Castello, Castello, Spain
Traumfabrik Kommunismus, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Auf der Suche nach Identität. Boris Mikhailov und Studierende der HGB Leipzig, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany
Architektur der Obdachlosigkeit, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Cruel+tender/ zärtlich+grausam. Fotografie und das Wirkliche, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

2002
Sand in der Vaseline. Künstlerbücher II, 1980-2002, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany

2001
From the 60 until now..., Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize 2001, The
Photographer's Gallery, London, UK
Remake Berlin, DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Home/Homless, Bo01 City of Tomorrow, Malmö, Sweden
Remake Berlin, Internationale de la Photographie d'Arles 2001, Arles
Trade, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Autowerke, Franz Hals Museum Haarlem, The Netherlands

2000
Remake Berlin, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
12th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Ljubiljana, Slovenia
Positions Attitudes Actions, Social and Political Commitment in Photography, Foto Biennale, Rotterdam, Holland
How you look at it. Fotografien des 20. Jahrhunderts, Sprengel, Museum, Hannover and Städelsches Kunstinsti-tut, Frankfurt,Germany
BMW Collection: Autowerke, Hamburg, Munich, Germany
Global Conceptualism. Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
After the Wall, Kunst und Kultur im postkommunistischen Europa, Ludwig Museum Budapest and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany

1999
Future is Now, Ukrainische Kunst in den Neunzigern, Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Zagreb, Croatia
After the Wall, Kunst und Kultur im postkommunistischen Europa, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Ich und die Anderen, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Karlsruhe; Münchener Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany
Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s - 1980s, Queens
Museum of Art, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis: Miami Art
Museum, Miami; Vancouver; MIT, Cambridge, USA

1998
Nobuyoshi Araki & Boris Mikhailov, Galerie Satani, Tokyo, Japan
Richard Billingham & Boris Mikhailov, Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich, Germany

1996
Russian Jewish Artists in a Century of Change: 1890 - 1990,
The Jewish Museum, New York, USA
10th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

1995
If I were a German..., Galerie in der Brotfabrik und Galerie Andreas Weiss, Berlin, Germany
Zeitgenössische Russische Fotografie, Akademie der Künste, Berlin and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
Currents ’95 - Familiar Places, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, USA

1994
Photo-reclamation, Photographers` Gallery, London, John Hansard
Gallery and University of Southhampton, Southampton, UK

1993
New Photography 9, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1992
Herbarium, The Photographic Experience in Contemporary Russian
Art, Fotogalerie Wien / Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria

1991
Carnegie International, The Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh
Photo Manifesto, Museum of Contemporary Art, Baltimore

1990
Internationale Biennale der Photographie, Turin, Italy

1989
Ny Sovjetisk Fotografi, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark