OUR COLUMNIST AVILA REFLECTS ON THE ONE-SIDED VERSION OFFERED BY BORIS MICHAILOV’S PHOTOGRAPHS AT DOMINIQUE LEVY NYC. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ MY REVIEW ON THAT SHOW CLICK HERE 

‘Well… well… I guess that Mikhaelov and Co. prefer to show us a limited and selective archetypical and brutal view of Russia for commercial reasons, disregarding the existent surrealism and dadaism in that society, which often follows Tolstoy’s ideals extrapolated to our days based on founding beauty as the salvation of the world; like Guerman Sterligov, the oligarch that founded the Moscow stock exchange and now lives in the country by his own will, bearded as a XIX century peasant from a Dostoyesvsky’s novel… Or the exquisite beauty of the Russian women and their insistence with the untamable matriarchal control… Or the aesthetics of the serious Russian people mixed with vodka… Or their crazy obsessive enthusiasm for life in general pointing towards an absurd and ironic Russian reality where Putin can’t touch Rasputin’s embalmed penis…’

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