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Boris Mikhailov

Unfinished Dissertation

Scalo, Zurich — 1998
SFr. 90.00
Pages: 240
Edition: First edition, last copy
Dimensions: 29.5 x 24 cm
Language: English
ISBN: 9783931141974

This artist's book, a modern day relic retrieved from behind the Iron Curtain, revisits a series of hand-colored and toned portraits Mikhailov made in 1985 while working--in his own words--"as a photographer at the house of Political Education (in actual fact I am in charge of cleaning the floors)." The photographer, often linked to installation artist Ilya Kabakov, doggedly spurns imagery of the "beautiful" and the "significant," exploring instead commonplace perceptions, emotions, and humor, ironically landing them beauty and significance.

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