Sergiy Bratkov, My Brother’s Cats, 2022–23
Sergiy Bratkov: My Brother’s Cats
Jun 9 – Oct 6, 2024
Kunstmuseum Magdeburg
Magdeburg, Germany

Sergiy Bratkov (born 1960) is known for his radically disturbing and shrill photographs, which, behind the beautiful, colourful surface, provide an unsparing report on the state of society. Like other members of the “Kharkiv School of Photography”, he has focussed on social photography for the past 30 years. In spring 2022, the Ukrainian, who has lived in Moscow since 2004, emigrated to Berlin. His reflections, which in his last series were primarily focussed on the outdated clichés of the Soviet era and the new habitus of power-grabbing Eastern capitalism in Ukraine, have now been brutally swept aside by current reality.

In the exhibition, Sergiy Bratkov is showing for the first time new image cycles and videos that were created from the time of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The ironically observant photographer has become an enquiring analyst whose new series seek to process the horrors of war in his former homeland without sinking into hopelessness.

Sergiy Bratkov: My Brother s Cats
Jun 9 – Oct 6, 2024
Kunstmuseum Magdeburg
Magdeburg, Germany

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