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Igor Mukhin (Russian, 1961- )

Igor Mukhin is known for his portrait series of Soviet artists and his detached and incisive series on decaying Soviet monuments and benches. He was given his first solo exhibition at Moscow State University in 1987. Mukhin began to cooperate with the photo agency RAPHO, Paris, in 1988, making fifty portraits of contemporary Soviet artists for the international traveling exhibition "Diaspore" (1989-1991). He created a similar series for the Royal College of Art in London in 1990. Mukhin's other work expresses the anti-climax of the demise of the Soviet state through the decrepitude of symbolic—and once powerful—cultural artifacts.
- Jill Alikas St. Thomas

Selected Bibliography
Walker, Ursitti and McGinnis. Photo Manifesto: Contemporary Photography in the USSR. New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1991.


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