Ivan Mikhailov

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It’s difficult not to start humming Space Oddity whilst perusing through Ivan Mikhailov’s photo series, Playground – the documentation of remnants from the Russian space race.

His conversation, like Bowie’s tune, is one of escapism and duality: symbols of human achievement and exploration are now triggers for nostalgic time-traveling; rusty ruins used for play by children during the day, become haunts for imbibing substances at night; futures imagined through dreamy optimism or the cloudy lens of apathy. Mikhailov has given us a launching pad for so many stories.