Boris Mikhailov, “Red” series, 1968-1975.

Boris Mikhailov to Represent Ukraine at 2017 Venice Biennale

Ukraine’s ministry of culture has announced that photographer Boris Mikhailov will represent the country at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, which will be held from May 13 to November 26. The Dallas Contemporary’s director Peter Doroshenko and assistant curator Lilia Kudelia will organize the pavilion.

The exhibition will feature the series “Parliament,” 2014–, which focuses on the current media landscape. In a statement, the Dallas Contemporary said, “Decomposition of the image in the presented photographs alludes to cyberbalkanization, the phenomenon of echo-chambers, and splintering of the media communities.” The pavilion will also include commissions from Ukrainian artists responding to Mikhailov’s work and the lineage of Ukrainian contemporary art.

Born in Kharkiv in 1938, Mikhailov has documented his native Ukraine for more than four decades. In the September 2011 issue of Artforum, Michèle Faguet wrote, “Mikhailov’s unflinching view of an unpicturesque reality is infused with a fatalistic sense of humor that avoids the easy, exploitative tropes of victimhood often associated with documentary photo.”