Boris Mikhailov: Salt Lake

Untitled, 1986, © Boris Mikhailov / Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery

Exhibition on view:
January 20–March 11, 2012

La Criée Centre D’art Contemporain
Place Honoré Commeurec
35000 Rennes
+33 (0)2 23 62 25 10

Murky waters, polluted landscapes, and heavyset ladies in bikinis illustrate Salt Lake, a series of 50 photographs taken by Boris Mikhailov. Traveling the south shores of Ukraine, he documented the happenings in and around a lake surrounded by factory chimneys, warehouses, and industrial-sized pipes which discharged waste into the water. Seemingly indifferent to the unkempt setting, locals sunbathe in the polluted terrain in this Soviet version of a German spa town.

Salt Lake depicts a clandestine Soviet Union, where life’s simplest amusements are uninterrupted by a lake divulged in industrial pollution, characterizing the transient freedom of its inhabitants.

Concurrent with Salt Lake, two additional series from Mikhailov; Tea, Coffee, Cappuccino and I Am Not I, are on view at Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve in Paris through March 10, 2012.

Mikhailov has appeared in Aperture issues 190 and 158.