Infrastructures is a research-based photo project about the Russian and post-Soviet political economy, created in 2016-2019 by Sergey Novikov and Max Sher. Using documentary and staged photography, as well as writing, they look at and reflect on the political and cultural significance of both the physical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, pipelines, etc., and ‘infrastructure’ of thinking and discourse that historically underpin the functioning of the State and power. The artists thus take on the role of culture critics to call into question the oft-simplistic but still dominating visual and conceptual tropes about the post-Soviet area. The 360-page book consists of 50 chapters, each with photographs and an essay in English and Russian. By combining photographs and writing, Novikov and Sher also explore complex relationships and roles of photography and text within one body of work

About Artist

Sergey Novikov:
Sergey Novikov is a visual artist. His work centers on the economy and culture of territories and societies and the mechanisms by which they function. Novikov’s photographic practice includes interventions in urban landscape and staging as well as reenactments of the visual marks of modernity. His recent projects, ZATO (2014-2016) and Grassroots (2012-2018), were exhibited in Russia and abroad, as well as shortlisted for the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles in 2016 and 2017, the Photobookfest Moscow Dummy Award 2017, the 2016 Anamorphosis Prize, and the 2015 Lucie Scholarship. Novikov’s works have appeared in Esquire Russia, Russian Reporter, The Moscow Times, The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Wired, The Atlantic Cities, BuzzFeed, Dazed and Confused, and other publications. He is based in Moscow

Max Sher:
Max Sher is primarily interested in the representation of post-Soviet cultural landscape and local / problematic histories. He works in photography, installation, and video, and also produces books and zines. Sher’s work has been exhibited as part of solo and group shows at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, ROSFOTO, Shchusev Museum of Architecture, New Tretyakov Gallery, Triumph Gallery, Yekaterina Foundation, Calvert22, Mead Gallery, Yeltsin Center, Metenkov Museum of Photography, PERMM, Zarya, and others. Sher’s books include A Remote Barely Audible Evening Waltz (2013, Treemedia), Palimpsests (Ad Marginem, 2018), and 245 Khrushchev Housing Entrances (2019, self-published). He has also worked as a photographer on assignments for Süddeutsche Zeitung, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, and other publications

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Sergey Novikov & Max Sher


Dmitry Devishvili

360 pages
25.7cm x 16.2cm x 2.5cm

Edition of 300