Born 1978 in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan. He lives and works in Almaty.
Photo and video artist, Alexander Ugay, reveals the issues of memory and nostalgia in his works, exploring the interaction of history with the current reality and the future. This partly explains the artist’s simultaneous use of 8-16 mm film cameras manufactured in the Soviet era and modern digital recording devices. Many of Ugay’s photo and video projects are aimed at studying the relationships between collective and personal memory, collective and personal space, focusing on the concept of time and its flow. In recent years, the artist has been actively working with the medium of installation.
Notable recent exhibitions include Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum at the Suwon I’Park Museum of Art in Suwon (2018), Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia at the Lunds konsthall in Lund (2018), More than an Image, Less than an Object at Galeria Labirynt in Lublin (2017), Festivities Are Cancelled! at the Kyiv Biennale (2017), 6th Moscow Biennale (2015), Busan Biennale (2014), Promises of the Past at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2010), Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum in New York (2009) and 9th Istanbul Biennale (2005).