(b. 1960) is a Russian-Ukrainian photographer based in Moscow and Kiev.
He graduated from the Repin Art College in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Bratkov is one of the most striking representatives of the so-called Kharkiv school of photography founded by Boris Mikhailov. Bratkov’s characteristic mix of brutal documentalism and ironic staging provides for a biting critique of the post-Soviet transition. Besides Regina Gallery in Moscow and Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Bratkov had his solo exhibitions held at major art institutions in Europe (including Haus der Photographie, Hamburg, 2010; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2007; S.M.A.K., Gent, 2005). He also took part in many major group shows (The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, 2011; Progressive Nostalgia, Centro per l'Arte Contemp. Luigi Pecci, Prato, 2007; 2nd Moscow Biennial, 2007). Sergei Bratkov represented Russia at the 50th Venice Biennale and 4 years later Ukraine at the 52nd edition.
Sergei Bratkov is developing a new work especially for Auditorium Moscow.
The project is realized as part of the International Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency coordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
The project is cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.