Since the mid 1960s, Boris Mikhailov has explored photography’s full range of possibilities and produced an uncompromising yet ironically humorous portrait of his close surroundings. His tireless investigations into photographic techniques and stylistic means, as well as his frequent alternation between conceptual and documentary work have contributed to his position as one of the most influential photographers living today.

His recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2013), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011) and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2010). A selection of his work was featured in ‘Photography: New Documentary Forms’ at Tate Modern, London (2012).

Mikhailov is the recipient of the 2012 Spectrum International Prize for photography, the Citibank 2001 Photography Prize, the 2000 Hasselblad Foundation International Award and the 1999 Krazna-Krausz Photography Book Award for ‘Case History’. Mikhailov participated in the Venice Biennial collateral projects in 2011 and represented Ukraine at the 2007 Venice Biennial.

Boris Mikhailov
Boris Mikhailov
Kharkov, 1938

Past Exhibitions

The Non Community

CentroCentro 26/10/2018 — 27/01/2019

Unique in Their Genders

Christophe Gaillard
19/11/2016 — 17/12/2016

The End Of The World

Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
16/10/2016 — 19/03/2017

Kollektsia! Contemporary Art in the Urss and Russia 1950-2000

Centre Pompidou
14/09/2016 — 27/03/2017

A Photograph Rarely Stands Alone

Museum für Fotografie
12/02/2016 — 03/07/2016

Solo Shows

Ukraine, Camera, Turin, IT

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

Case History, MoMa, New York, USA
Sprengel Museum, Hannover, GER

1989. Ende der Geschichte oder Beginn der Zukunft?,Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, A
1989. Ende der Geschichte oder Beginn der Zukunft?, Villa
Schöningen, Potsdam, GER

Group Shows

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

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

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

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Kharkov Country of birth: Ukraine Date of birth: 1938 Lives in: Ukraine and Berlin