Photo Taidehalli Kohta (c) Jussi Tiainen
Sergei Bratkov: Harkova/Moskova
The exhibition title uses the Finnish versions of these two cities’ names, which now represent two opposite worlds.
The exhibition title uses the Finnish versions of these two cities’ names, which now represent two opposite worlds. It would be naive to see the rising diagonal of the slash as a possible compromise between the societal horizontality that keeps Ukraine alive and Russia’s infamous power vertical.
The four works in the exhibition offer different lens-based articulations of enduring post-Soviet realities that Bratkov, with his inimitable amalgamation of elegy and satire, compresses into visual micro-symphonies.
Sergey Bratkov was born in Kharkiv in 1960. He trained to be a scientist but started exhibiting photography in 1981. In the 1990s he ran the gallery Up/Down with fellow Kharkiv photographers Boris and Vita Mikhailov and Sergey Solonsky. Since 2000 he has lived in Moscow, where he teaches at the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia.
Art Hall Kohta
18.5.-10.7.2022 Tue-Fri 12.00-18.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-16.00