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Feature: MOKSOP
May 25–June 2, 2024

IACK is delighted to announce an exhibition featuring MOKSOP (the Museum of Kharkiv School of Photography) .

Under the influence of photographer Boris Mikhailov, a collective of photographers called the "Kharkiv School of Photography" explored the realm of artistic photography, which involved the prohibited depiction of nudity in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv during the Soviet era and its aftermath. In contrast to other schools, such as the Becher School in Germany, this group has developed and formalized its techniques and artistic style through collaborative and individual workshops. Presently, the group consists of approximately 50 members.

In 2018, Serhiy Lebedinsky, a photographer and curator associated with the Kharkiv School, established MOKSOP. The initial intention for the museum was to function as a repository for the Kharkiv School of Photography, dedicated to the conservation, investigation, and advancement of Ukrainian and global photography. Nevertheless, the commencement of the Russian military incursion in 2022 hindered the facility's inauguration, leading to the relocation of the accumulated Kharkiv Schoolworks to the basement of Lebedinsky's residence in Wolfsburg, Germany. Part of this significant collection was showcased in the exhibition "Dreamers in Ukraine: The Kharkiv School of Photography" at the Museum of Fine Arts in Wolfsburg from October 13, 2023, to January 7, 2024, after being temporarily stored there.

Alongside MOKSOP's publications, this exhibition features a selection of publications by Boris Mikhailov, as well as "Genron No. 16," which publishes a text by Russian literature scholar and Genron representative, Yoko Ueda, discussing photographer Boris Mikhailov and the Kharkiv School.


Feature: MOKSOP
On view on May 25 (Sat), 26 (Sun), 27 (Mon), and June 2 (Sun)
Opening hours: 11:00-14:00/15:00-18:00
Venue: IACK

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