Michail Michailov, Chameleon (2017)
Michail Michailov has been working on the photo series "Chameleon" since 2008. He does not seek out the motifs for the series, but rather encounters them accidentally and spontaneously, primarily in public space. The artist inscribes himself into these found realities with minimal additions, modifications, or gestures. Inspired by a special situation, Michailov casts himself as part of it, while at the same time manipulating the direction in which the image is read.
In Untitled # 33, the unfinished shell of a residential complex serves as the stage set for Michailov's performative fusion with the surrounding space. In a contemplative attitude, he sits on a concrete ledge seemingly suspended from the sky, leaving the observers uncertain about the play's outcome.
Born in Bulgaria and living in Vienna and Paris, Michail Michailov (b. 1978) uses various media including performance, video, photography, and drawing to explore himself in interaction with his surroundings. Subjects such as success and failure, self-discovery and self-doubt, the pursuit of happiness, cultural phenomena, or the overcoming of boundaries are recurring themes of his playfully ironic, at times spontaneous and therefore subversive-seeming works.