17 Apr – 7 Jun 2015
Untitled #5, from the series Relation, 1991-1993 © MAMM, Moscow / Nikolai Bakharev. Collection of the Moscow House of Photography Museum
Untitled #70, from the series Relation, 1991-1993 © MAMM, Moscow / Nikolai Bakharev. Collection of the Moscow House of Photography Museum
Nikolai Bakharev l No. 14, 1980
Nikolai Bakharev l No. 72, 1995
Nikolai Bakharev l No. 150, 1980- 2000
Nikolai Bakharev l No. 51, 1991-1993
Nikolai Bakharev l No. 29, 1988-1993
Nikolai Bakharev l No. 3, 1980s
Nikolai Bakharev l No. 3, 1988-1993
Nikolai Bakharev installation (c) Kate Elliott
Nikolai Bakharev (b. 1946, Russia) has been nominated for his exhibition at the 55th Biennale of Art in Venice (1 June – 24 November 2013).
Bakharev trained as a mechanic before working as a Communal Services Factory photographer in the 1960s. Bakharev’s portraits of bathers on Russian public beaches blur the boundaries between the public and private and set up a tension between composed and spontaneous groupings.
They were predominantly taken during the 1980s when the taking and circulation of photographs containing nudity was strictly forbidden. Though the families and couples are wearing bathing suits and seem to be willingly posing, his shots feel furtive with an undercurrent of subterfuge and eroticism despite the oblique propriety presented.
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