Sergei Borisov and the Soviet Artistic Underground. Attempted Reconstruction.

"Sergei Borisov and the Soviet Artistic Underground. Attempted Reconstruction" is an exhibition of works by the world-famous Russian photographer Sergey Borisov, dedicated to the underground artists from the time of perestroika.

The exhibition is taking place in the context of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2019 and the signature events from the period of glasnost and perestroika, which led to its collapse.

Borisov was born in Moscow in 1947. In the late 1970s he founded Studio 50 A, which became a seat of the Moscow bohemians. Borisov’s studio was often compared with Warhol’s Studio 54, due to the fact that Borisov's Studio also attracted a wide range of free-spirited people. The studio hosted exhibitions, presentations and gatherings of those who, then overshadowed by official culture, ten years later would become symbols of the new post-Soviet era.

The "other side" of the Soviet dogma

His ironic and critical or poetic photographs from the time of perestroika and the early 1990s are tools for acquainting the West with the Soviet underground culture and its artists, who were then setting in motion a new wave of counterculture. In this period, photography was still a risky occupation, but the nonconformist Borisov used it to bravely show the "other side" of the Soviet dogma.

Although it reflects time, Borisov's photography is not documentary. Other than portraits of Soviet pop and rock performers, and cover of music albums, Borisov's visual language stands out with its deliberate direction. His nude, untimely provocative bodies, landscapes and street photography adeptly convey the feeling of irony and protest that mark that period.

Sergei Borisov in Plovdiv (2 November - 5 December 2018)

His Plovdiv exhibition, set to take place in SKLAD (16 Еkzarh Yosif Str) on 1 November 2018, at 18:00. From 2 November till 5 December 62 photographs will be shown, including photographs taken by Sergey Borisov just before his exhibition in Bulgaria. The audience will see for the first time "Desperate Graffiti Authors" (2018) and "Street Dance" (2018), as well as some of his most famous works, "Sunset" (1985), "Acrobat" (1993),"Pas de deux" (2016), which undoubtedly are becoming symbols of its age. The exhibition will introduce audiences to the author, critics and curators, to engage us in an active discussion of the generations' view of the period of socialism and the transition through the prism of art. The curator of the exhibition is Catherine Borisoff, the daughter of the artist and director of the RuArts Foundation.


Zeitgeist is a philosophical term that translates literally as the "spirit of time" and most accurately corresponds to the artistic career of Sergey Borisov. It is Zeitgeist that covers the diversity of the author's artistic language. He is not a documentary photographer and uses different genres - portrait, naked body, studio and landscape photography.

The exhibition will be a place where guests will be able to meet the artist, as well as critics and curators. The show is meant to kick-start a stimulating discussion about the times of socialism and transition seen through the lens of art. Curator is Katrin Borisoff - artist's daughter and Director of Ru Arts Foundation.

Borisov's works have been exhibited in museums and galleries the world over. The artist's focus is on portrait, the nude, and studio and landscape photography.

The exhibition project is organized by "Art Agency" of the curator Stefan Stoyanov with the support of the Ru Arts Foundation.

Sergei Borisov and the Soviet Artistic Underground (2 November - 5 December 2018)

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Sergei Borisov and the Soviet Artistic Underground. Exhibition (Opening on 1 November 2018)

Programme Transform

Top Russian photographer Sergei Borisov for the first time in front of Plovdiv audience



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