With an essay by Margarita Tupitsyn. Between 1984 and 1985, Boris Mikhailov worked on Unfinished Dissertation. He was gluing his pictures of everyday life in Kharkov, on the back of his uncle's lecture notes. Later he added handwritten autobiographical comments, philosophical fragments and notes on photography in the empty spaces. His notes are a stimulating counterpoint to the photographs.
'The usefulness of something unfinished is that it may be taken or claimed as one's own. Strange unfinishedness is an aesthetic principle.' Boris Mikhailov