Boris Mikhailov: Salt Lake
Exhibition on view:
January 20–March 11, 2012
La Criée Centre D’art Contemporain
Place Honoré Commeurec
+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.