Mikhail Bushkov, Zurich

Olga Bushkova, A Google Wife

01.10 - 31.10.2021

The exhibition at the IMAGO LISBOA gallery, within the scope of the 3rd edition of IMAGO LISBOA Photo Festival is a joint exhibition by the duo of Swiss-based artists, Mikhail Bushkov and Olga Bushkova, which combines two projects carried out over the last 7 years. “Google Wife” is a project and photobook by Olga Bushkova that explores the theme of self-identification in the wake of uprooting. “Zürich” is the work of Mikhail Bushkov — winner of the Imago Lisboa 2019 portfolio reading, where he juxtaposes the images of his two homes — Russia and Switzerland — and, as a result, deconstructs the feelings of longing and belonging, and analyzes the complicated relationship of the author with the whole notion of “home”. Together, these works turn into a complex photographic survey of experiences of change, both from an internal and external reflective perspective. Having a couple relationship, Olga and Mikhail approach an important universal theme, but they do it with different types of energy, points of view and social positions. Together, the projects complement each other and create an attempt at photographic research on the theme of identity and immigration, in an exhibition format.


Mikhail Bushkov style="text-align: justify;"(1985) em Rostov-on-Don, Rússia. Formou-se na Rostov State University em Matemática Aplicada, mais tarde desenvolveu a paixão pela fotografia e pelo cinema, e formou-se nessa área na Escola de Cinema e Teatro Marina Razbezhkina e Mikhail Ugarov, em Moscovo. Participou de vários workshops e residências enquanto era estudante do magnânimo fotógrafo, Alex Majoli. Atualmente Mikhail vive e trabalha em Zurique, na Suíça, onde combina a fotografia com trabalho como informático.

Olga Bushkova
(1988) was born and grew up in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. She studied in Rostov State University and has a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics. Right after her graduation in 2011 she moved to Zürich, Switzerland with her husband Mikhail. Since then, Olga has produced two photobooks: “A Google Wife” (published by Dalpine in 2017) and “How I tried to convince my husband to have children'' (published by Witty Books in 2020), and has been working on a number of personal photography projects. Her books have been shortlisted or awarded at such festivals like: Unseen Dummy Award, Flip Photobook Award, Author Book Award at Les Rencontres de la photographie, Fiebre Dummy Award, Photoboox Award.