Boris Mikhailov “Tea, Coffee & Cappuccino”

Untitled, Kharkov, Ukraine, 2000-2010.

Untitled, 2000-2010.

Untitled, 2000-2010.

Untitled, 2000-2010.

Untitled, Kharkov, Ukraine, 2000-2010.

Untitled, 2000-2010.

Untitled, 2000-2010.

Untitled, 2000-2010.

Untitled, 2000-2010.

Artist's Statement

I choose to focus on ordinary, everyday scenes and the search of formal solutions to translate this monotony into photography. These are photos I took over the last ten years (2000-2010) about the current state of affairs.

I continue my search for a photographic means to reflect the changes occurring in our lives. A new age has come – the age of business. 

Everything can be bought and sold – even children. Old women have started wheeling around trolleys full of their commodities, calling out “Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino”, the ‘preambulatory product’ of the age, also provided the title of this series. The reality of globalisation has come and extended to the places where we live and rest. A flux of cheap commodities has conquered ubiquitously, creating a colourful new plastic reality.

About the author

Born

1938, Ukraine

Nationality

Ukrainian

Based in

Germany

Recipient of the 1996 Coutts Contemporary Art Foundation Award and of the 1997 Albert-Renger-Patzsch Award. 2000 Hasselblad Foundation International Award. 2001 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards and Citibank Photography Prize. The 2012 SPECTRUM International Prize for Photography.

Exhibitions:
Die Bücher 1968-2001, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover, Germany, 2013
Time is out of joint. Photographs 1966-2011, Berlinischer Galerie, Berlin, Germany, 2012
Boris Mikhailov, Art Hall Gallery, Tallin, Estonia, 2011
Case History, MoMA, New York, USA, 2011
Utopia and Reality, Kunstverein Rosenheim, Rosenheim, Germany, 2010
Salt Lake, Suzi et cetera, Dom of Photography, Moscow 2010
Yesterday Sandwich, NCCI, Moscow 2008
Red, Brown, Yeaterday’s Sandwich, Art4.ru – contemporary art museum, Moscow, 2008
Fluid Street: Alone, Together, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 2008
Boris Mikhailov, Look at me I look at Water, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany, 2007
Look at me I look at Water, Centre de la Photographie, Geneva, Switzerland, 2005
Case History, France Hals Museum, Netherland, 2004
Boris Mikhailov: private Freuden, lastende Langeweile, öffentlicher Zerfall, eine Retrospektive, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, 2003,of Culture  Barcelona, Spain 2004; ICA Boston,USA; FOAM Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands 2005
Boris Mikhailov: Case History & Heiner Müller Projekt, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany 2001
BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden, 2001Orchard Gallery, Derry, 2001
Orchard Gallery, Derry, 2001
The Photographic Museum, Helsinki, Finland, 2001
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2001
Boris Mikhailov. 2000 Hasselblad Award Winner, Hasselblad Center, Göteburg, Sweden, 2000

Selected Publications:
Boris Mikhailov: Tea Coffee Cappuccino, Walther König, 2011
Buecher Books, Walter Konig, 2013
Time is out of Joint, Distanz, Berlinische Gallery, 2012
Wedding, Morelbooks, 2011
Maquette Braunschweig, Steidl, 2009
Crimean Snobbism, Hisako Motoo, 2007
Yesterday Sandwich, Phaidon, 2006
Suzi et cetera, Walther König, 2006
Boris Mikhailov: A Retrospective, Scalo, 2003
Look at me, I look at water, Steidel 2003
Salt Lake, Steidl, 2002
55, Phaidon, 2001
Boris Mikhailov: The Hasselblad Award 2000, Scalo, 2001