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Boris Mikhailov

EXHIBITIONS: “Boris Mikhailov” at the Pace/MacGill Gallery, NYC, from April 11 through May 11, 2002. SHOWN HERE: Image from Boris Mikhailov’s “Case History” series, 1999, a study of the poor in the Soviet Union, both during Communist rule and after. The “Case History” photographs document the day-to-day activities and relationships of the homeless in Mikhailov’s hometown of Kharkov, Ukraine. Caught between the fall of Communism and a new, unfamiliar way of life, the portraits reveal bruises, ilnesses, squalor, and substance abuse from the artist’s unflinching point of view, which is both intimate and objective. PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery