Mikhail Tolmachev is a visual artist who investigates alternative documentary practices.
He is looking for aesthetic strategies to deal with various constructions of reality as well as their influence on our understanding of temporality, space and agency.
With installations, photo etchings, and spatial interventions he examines the intersections of realism and imagination, technology and territory as well as the complicity of looking. Mikhail studied documentary photography in Moscow and Media Arts in the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig.

He is based in Moscow and Leipzig.

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solo exhibition
I went there three times, but three times I came back
Gandy Gallery, Bratislava
December 11, 2018 –– February 22, 2019

group exhibition
General Rehearsal
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
April 26 –– September 16, 2018

group exhibition
Migration of Energies
Gandy gallery Bratislava
March 15 –– 11 May, 2018

discussion and workshop
Red Star Over Russia
Tate Modern
November 25, 2017

group exhibition
7th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
The State Tretyakov Gallery Moscow
19 September 2017 — January 18, 2018

group exhibition
States of Control
HIAP Gallery Augusta Helsinki
17 August — October 1,  2017

interview
The Agency Of Lack: Mikhail Tolmachev on his installation at the Moscow Gulag Museum
A conversation with Sven Spieker for ARTMargins Online

group exhibithion
Space Force Construction
Palazzo delle Zattere Venice
The exhibition brings together more than 100 works from the 1920s and ‘30s along with major reconstructions of spaces, sculptures and functional objects by key Soviet artists. These recreations and historical art works are brought into dialogue with new commissions and recent works by contemporary visual and performing artists.
May 13  — 25 August, 2017

pannel talk
Pact of Silence
Process. Case Studies at the Museum
The State Museum of GULAG History Moscow
Historian Irina Roldugina, artist Mikhail Tolmachev, and curator Katerina Chuchalina will discuss
the representation and interpretation of historical artefacts, the inaccessibility of the archives and the subject of the Unknown, as well as politics of memory and the performativity of the photographic album.
October 16, 2016

group exhibition
A Visit from Ghosts
Visual Culture Research Center Kiev
The exhibition A Visit from Ghosts not only poses a question of what we are to remember, but also of the ways of telling history with visual or other artistic means.
October 1 —  October 30, 2016

group exhibition
semantic RIOTS
Ausstellungsraum Klingeltal Basel
October 2 — November 6, 2016

solo exhibition
Pact of Silence
The State Museum of GULAG History Moscow
Process. Case Studies at the Museum opens with a new work by Mikhail Tolmachev, Pact of Silence, a research project based on a photo­album of images taken at the Solovki prison camp. Tolmachev looks at how we can engage with this photo­album today, in the absence of witnesses and the personal story of the album's photographer, and with its new status as a museum object.
September 23 — November 6, 2016

tour
The Empire Strikes Back?
A traveling academy will explore the post-Soviet cityscape (in Chisinău, Kiev, Minsk, Moscow, Tbilisi and Yerevan)
Armed Forces Museum Moscow
September 15, 2016

workshop
5th Moscow Curatorial Summer School
Beyond Visual Range: Images of war in the Armed Forces Museum Moscow
August 3 — 4, 2016

group exhibition
Sentsov's Camera
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
The exhibition Sentsov’s Camera tells of how conflicts become inscribed in spaces, and how
the inhabitants of these spaces suddenly feel that they are prisoners.
July 15 — October 30, 2016

group exhibition
Time of Reasonable Doubts
National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow
The exhibition evolves from the dialogue of Silvia Franceschini and Valeria Mancinelli on the politics of knowledge production and the potentialities of artistic research in to draft counter-narratives to established historiography.
June 30 — July 30, 2016

group exhibition
The School of Prosperity
MUSA Vienna
The School of Prosperity at MUSA addresses important political issues and frames outlooks on an egalitarian and alternative future beyond crisis, war and corruption within the counterworlds of art.
March 12 — 19, 2016

group exhibition
Klasse Karlsruhe. Lektorin: Alexandra Exter,
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
The exhibition will highlight the intertwined nature of the European art scene at the beginning of the 20th century, presenting a group show centred around Kyiv artist Alexandra Exter (1882–1949), while primarily showing contemporary works to illuminate the relevance of Exter for our time.
October 2 — December 6, 2015

group exhibition
The school of Kyiv, Kyiv Biennial
National Academy Of Fine Arts Ukraine
The exhibition The School Of Landscape reflects on illusionary realm of landscape as a mechanism of collective constructions of identity.
September 8 — November 1, 2015

group exhibition
Best evidence rule
Kunstverein Leipzig
The exhibition puts in question national and international border conflicts with subversive means of art, and stands opposite to the hard facts argued by means of media and politicians.
July 1 — 25, 2015

book launch
Beyond Visual Range
MZIN book shop Leipzig
June 25, 2015

Monography
Beyond Visual Range / Außer Sichtweite
Eds. Katerina Chuchalina and Mikhail Tolmachev
With texts by Iwona Blazwick, Katerina Chuchalina, Martin Schmidl, Matthew S. Witkovsky (en/de/rus)
Berlin/Leipzig: MMKoehn 2015

group exhibition
Sources go dark
FUTURA Prague
The exhibition springs for a vision of political reality as an intricate system of agents and agencies where information, events and narratives intersect and function, often eluding our efforts to understand them.
April 2 — March 10, 2015

group exhibition
Object is meditation and poetry
Grassi Museum Leipzig
April 2 — June 28, 2015