08/24: Igor Moukhin - MOSCOW light
Igor Moukhin (1961) is a photographer.
In 1977-81 studied at the building college. For the next six years had worked at the design bureau. In 1987 he became a member of the Hermitage association. In 1989-91 joined the Direct Photography group. Member of the Unions of the photo artists of Moscow (since 1990) and Russia (since 1993). Participates in the art exhibitions since 1986.
Personal exhibitions of Moukhin were taken place in the cities of Moscow, Ukhta, Sverdlovsk, Riga, Leningrad, Kuibyshev, Yoshkar-Ola, Ljubljana, Denver, Paris, Panten; festivals Mois de la Photo a Paris (2000), Photobiennale Moscow (2000, 1998, 1996), Megapoles. Petite Planete, Saint Denis (1998), Month of Photography, Bratislava (1997), Biennale of International Photography, Skopelos (1996), Fotofestival Naarden (1995); and the galleries of Carre Noir (1999, 2000), Invogue (2000), XL (1994, 1999), Bibliotheque Elsa-Triolet (1998), MJC du Lau (1998), Camera Obscura Gallery (1997), Galeria Gerulta (1997), Grote Kerk (1995) etc.
Group exhibition with Moukhin's participation were taken places at the National Galerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2001), The Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2000), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1999), State Historical Museum, St. Petersburg, Museum of the Revolution, Moscow (1995), Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (1989), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998), Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris (1997), Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach (1995), Academie der Kunst, Berlin (1993), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (1991), Portfolio Gallery, London (1988) etc.
Moukhin's works are in the collections of The ╠useum of ╠odern └rt, New York, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris, Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., The Moscow House of Photography and many others.
Monographies: ''Avoir 20 ans a Moscou'', Editions Alternatives, Paris, 1998
''Benches: Transformation for the Future, XL Gallery, Moscow, 1994
''Baltic Waves'', Bra Bocker A.B., Sweden, 1992
''Bulgakov: Mosca la Citta del Maestro'', Biblioteca del Vascello, Roma, 1991
''Mois de la photo a Paris'', Paris Audiovisuel, 2000
"Say, Cheese'', Paris, 1998
''Megapoles. Petit Planete'', Le Serpent a Plumes, Paris, 1998
"Kunst im Verborgenen. Nonkonformiste Russland 1957-1995". Prestel, Munchen - New York, 1995
''The Russian Century. A Photographic History of 100 Years'', Random House, New York, 1992
''Changing Reality. Recent Soviet Photography'', Washington D.C., Starwood, 1991
"Photo-manifesto: Contemporary Photography in USSR", Stewart, Tabory & Chang, New York, 1991
''It is generally accepted that architectural photography should be static. Without any people in the frame, the photographer Moukhin is able to photograph stationary objects (for example, his Benches and Monuments). But with equal facility he can take pictures of discos, i. e. dynamic spaces. Which is just what a city is, if you don't restrict your study of it to library knowledge. Of Moukhin's photographs in the series MOSKVA Light one may repeat the words of a physics textbook. There are electromagnetic fields in which "the existence, movement and mutual interaction of charged particles is revealed." - the people and lights of a big city. People, old and young alike, are on the move, in love or not so much, fashionable and unfashionable, street lamps, headlights, floodlights, windows and advertisements all blaze out - the dynamo machine of the city giant rotates and scintillates, transforming mechanical motion into light energy, in a miraculous way leaving traces of this same energy charge on Igor Moukhin's film''.( Yuri Avvakumov )