Mörel Books, 2016 Edition of 500 Hardcover, 64 pages, 240 x 330 mm Condition: New
I Am Not I brings together 33 tritone images from Boris Mikhailov's iconic series of self-portraits made in the early 90s right after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Acting for the camera, the artist plays the role of an antiheroic figure contrasting with the strong and masculine stereotype previously connected with the regime. Mikhailov, who always investigated the boundaries of photography and its connections with other disciplines, here combines it with the atmosphere and the grammar of theatre, playing on the different representations of the hero in a personal set of works that is also a commentary on the long, drawn-out death of the Soviet system.
Boris Mikhailov made these photos with the idea of concentrating on new feelings, a new idea of life. As the fall of the Soviet regime ushered in a new, capitalist era, a new kind of hero was called for. He explains: “But as I’ve already said, in the Soviet Union heroism wasn’t possible, it had already been trashed by ideology. There were heroes, of course, people who threw themselves at machine guns, but we always wound up joking that someone had pushed them. So there could only be an antihero. This series was dedicated to the new antihero, to the new capitalism.”