This photography exhibit by Misha Friedman attempts to capture the pervasive culture of corruption in Russia. Friedman explains the photo collection in a New York Times op-ed, writing, “Corruption in Russia is so pervasive that the whole society accepts the unacceptable as normal, as the only way of survival, as the way things ‘just are.’”
Misha Friedman was born in Moldova, which at the time was part of the Soviet Union. He immigrated to the United States in 1991, when he was 14, and currently lives in New York. Friedman has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in Russian and Post-Soviet studies.
The project was made possible with a grant from the Institute of Modern Russia. University of Michigan sponsors for the Work Gallery exhibit are the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies; Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies; and Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.