Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Stranda, Norway, 2006 © Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Courtesy of the artist and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Boris Mikhailov, Charkow 1997—1998, from the series Case History © Boris Mikhailov

Martin Liebscher, FIFA Boardroom, 2017 © Martin Liebscher, VG-Bildkunst, Bonn, 2018



Artist talks with Boris Mikhailov, Arno Rafael Minkkinen and Martin Liebscher. Introduction and moderation by Matthias Wagner K (RAY 2018 curator).

Boris Mikhailov is considered one of the most important artists from the former Soviet Union and most important chronicler of the post-Soviet era. Until 1990 his work was not shown in any exhibition in the Soviet Union, today he is one of the most important contemporary photographic artists. His relentless and drastic images, mostly guided by a subtle sense of humour, show people at the very edge of society, they are about desire and vulnerability, life, aging and dying. Boris Mikhailov lives and works in the Ukraine and Berlin.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen received his Master of Fine Art (MFA) in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since the mid-1970s he has taught at universities worldwide and also worked as a curator and essayist. He was a professor of art at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and teaches at Aalto University in Helsinki. In 2006 Minkkinen was awarded the Finnish National Art Prize in Photography. Minkkinen lives in Massachusetts, USA.

Martin Liebscher studied at the Frankfurt Städelschule with Martin Kippenberger, was a master student of Thomas Bayrle and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships for his large-format photographs, family pictures. Liebscher's works are represented in numerous international collections. Martin Liebscher has been Professor of Photography at the HfG Offenbach since 2007 and lives in Frankfurt and Berlin.

Matthias Wagner K has curated exhibitions on the cultural history of light and is considered an expert on Nordic culture. In 2009 he was appointed director of the first “Nordic Fashion Biennale”. In 2011 he served as chief curator of the fair’s art and culture programme, entitled “Fabulous Iceland”. He curated in 2011 – “Gabriela Fridriksdóttir:Crepusculum” at the Schirn Kunsthalle, and “On the Cutting Edge: Design in Island” at the Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt. In 2012, the city of Frankfurt appointed him director of the Museum Angewandte Kunst, for whose new concept – in effect since the spring of 2013 – he is responsible.

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