Many of the photo works made by Ukrainian artist Sergey Bratkov are conceived in a serial manner; such an aesthetic conception or consideration – all series tell stories, all serialists are narrators – already distances Bratkov’s work from the tradition of straightforward documentary to which it nonetheless seems inclined. Masterfully arranged and directed, and just as skillfully executed from a technical point of view, Bratkov’s imagery slyly comments upon the double problem of propaganda in contemporary Russian society, both in the residual reflexes of the old Soviet culture and in the cynical celebration of the free market economy.
Although Sergei Brakov is largely known for his photographs, he has always been involved in installation art. For the Moscow Biennale he explored the theme of the Moon which has long haunted him. The Moon as a satellite, very similar to the former Soviet republics surrounding Russia, as well as a platform for the implementation of one's dreams and fancies. Can we walk on the moon? Yes, says Bratkov.