The Missing Picture: Alternative Contemporary Photography in the Soviet Union

ShowingDecember 8, 1990 -
February 3, 1991


Vladimir Kupreanov

Ilya Piganov

Maria Serebrjekova

Alexey Shulgin


This exhibition, organized in collaboration with SOYUZKHUDOZEXPORT in Moscow, features the work of four contemporary Russian artists selected by guest curator John Jacob. The artists address the ideological functions of the photographic medium within contemporary Soviet culture. Their work offers the means to understand the historical relationship between past and present uses of photography. This group refutes the established western notion of Soviet photography as predominantly photojournalistic or dominated exclusively by a Socialist Realist aesthetic. 


This exhibition is supported in part by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York, and the Soros Foundation, New York. 


Public Events:

Preview on Friday, December 7, 1990, 5 to 7pm

Walkthrough of the exhibition with the artists on Saturday, December 8, 1990, 3pm


Publication available. Illustrated catalogue with essays by John Jacob and Tatiana Salzirn.