"At the corner: city, place, people"

14 September - 4 November 2018

The first Center for Contemporary Culture "Tselinniy" will open in Almaty in 2020. But the starting point for the new center will be on 14th of September 2018, with the opening of the architectural exhibition Beginning, as well as an exhibition devoted to the contemporary art of Central Asia.

The exhibition At the corner: city, place, people, unfolded on two floors of the former nightclub in the building of Tselinniy, unites several generations of contemporary artists of Central Asia who in their work explore "urban fabric". The changes that have taken place with the building of the Tselinniy for the last 50 years have been viewed by artists as a paradigm of what is happening in the urban space of Almaty and in the whole post-Soviet space. The exhibition includes works by Erbossyn Meldibekov, Elena and Victor Vorobyov, Bakhyt Bubikanova, Alexander Ugay and Rustam Khalfin. The name of the exhibition At the corner: city, place, people indicates the meeting place of the streets, roads, prospects and generations of artists gathered in this exhibition.


Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia

Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia

8 September - 4 November 2018

A group show of Central Asian contemporary artists, titled Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia opens at the Lunds konsthall, Sweden. 

Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia sketches a portrait of a region that keeps getting entangled in the "Great Game" between powerful others but is also often overlooked. Yet what the exhibition is really "about"- its leitmotif, in other words- is the elusive but decisive role of artistic agency for our understanding of the world in its obscurity and clarity. The show will feature Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev's Phantom Story and Alexander Ugay's Obscurations, curated by Yuliya Sorokina and Anders Kreuger. 


https://lundskonsthall.se



Focus Kazakhstan

Focus Kazakhstan

18 September 2018 - 3 March 2019

For the first time in the country’s history, Focus Kazakhstan offers an overview of modern and contemporary art of Kazakhstan on an international stage. Taking place from September 2018 to March 2019, Focus Kazakhstan comprises a four-part exhibition programmed in the four cities of London (UK), Berlin (Germany), Suwon (South Korea) and Jersey City (US) alongside a two-part artist residency programme in Berlin providing opportunities for young artists from Kazakhstan. 

Works by Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Alexander Ugay and Rustam Khalfin will be shown at Post Nomadic Mind exhibition in London, and at the The Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum exhibition in Suwon. Yelena Vorobyeva and Almagul Menlibayeva will participate in Bread and Roses female exhibition in Berlin. 


http://www.focuskazakhstan.com





ARTBAT FEST'9 -

ARTBAT FEST'9 - "The Water stream"

24 August - 30 September 2018

The topic for this year's public art project is "The Water Stream". Its curators are French architect Simon Jacquemin and Slovenian artist Martin Brikel Baraga. They are sure that the water for Almaty is of particular importance and has its own infrastucture. That’s exactly why all of the installations that the people in Almaty will see will have at least some kind of connection to water whilst some of them will even be powered by it. The work, which Yelena and Victor Vorobyev will present at the ARTBAT FEST'9, is called "Duck". This video and photo-installation, which tells about the "adventures" of a small toy in an urban environment. As a "material" artists use time and water in various of its aggregate states.


https://www.artbat.kz/


 Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev in Viktor Misiano’s project 'THE HUMAN CONDITION'

Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev in Viktor Misiano’s project 'THE HUMAN CONDITION'

20 June - 19 July 2018

Yelena and Viktor Vorobyevs are participating in the fourth session, titled In Search of a Place as part of the multidisciplinary project THE HUMAN CONDITION. This project is dedicated to a comprehensive study of the role and the place of human in the beginning of the third millennium. Exhibition features Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev's installation Bazaar. The project is jointly held by the NCCA, MMOMA and the Jewish Museum in Moscow. 


http://thehumancondition.ru

Erbossyn Meldibekov among the finalists of Signature Art Prize 2018 in Singapore

Erbossyn Meldibekov among the finalists of Signature Art Prize 2018 in Singapore

25 May - 2 September

Signature Art Prize returns for its fourth edition in 2018. Recognising outstanding examples of contemporary art from both emerging and established artists, the prize puts the spotlight on the most compelling, cogent and complex works of art from the Asia-Pacific rim to the region of Central Asia.


Yerbossyn Meldibekov’s Brand comprise a series of leather panels crafted from the branded hide of the grunting ox, a species native to the highlands of Central Asia. Juxtaposing the use of natural materials from the region against the iconography of numeric symbols, the work also bears darker connotations, such as to similar atrocities committed during the second World War.

www.singaporeartmuseum.sg

Imago Mundi - Art Theorema #1

Imago Mundi - Art Theorema #1

3 August - 2 September 2018

Works by Vyacheslav Akhunov, Yelena and Viktor Vorobyevs, Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev are presented in the new Imago Mundi collection Art Theorema #1, within the frame of the exhibition Join the Dots, taking place in Salone Degli Incanti in Trieste, Italy. Art Theorema #1 is a playful metaphor for a manifesto to diversity: 231 artworks by 203 artists coming from 104 countries. From Eastern to Western Europe, from African countries to Australia, from Canada to the USA, from Latin America to the Caribbean, from Central Asia to the Middle and Far East, the collection moves along a kind of "walk of fame", a silk road featuring some of the most internationally acclaimed artists, alongside emerging artists equally innovative. 


http://www.imagomundiart.com/exhibitions/join-dots-unire-le-distanze


"Shop It!" at Haifa Museum of Art

4 August 2018 - 20 January 2019

Almagul Menlibayeva is taking part in the group show Dress Code, as part of exhibition's cluster "Shop It!" at Haifa Museum Of Art. The different exhibitions focus on the artists' subversion of "consensual" ideas and practices familiar in the context of economic globalization. The cluster examines the options still available for artists to realize their subversive impulse, such as turning the weapons of the capitalist enemy against it: advertisements, spectacle, replication, reproduction, viral dissemination via the internet and more. Dress Code is curated by Limor Alpern Zered. 


http://www.hma.org.il


Goethe Institut's project Die Grenze soon in Almaty

Goethe Institut's project Die Grenze soon in Almaty

19 September - 16 October, 2018

The group show Die Grenze [The Border] explores and reflects upon all manner of borders and their demarcation: as a mark of territorial inclusion or exclusion, as cultural, personal or social dividing lines. The exhibition focuses on the young generation of artists from former Soviet Republics, including Kazakhstani Alexander Ugay. The exhibition has already toured Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Tbilisi, Minsk and Dortmund in 2017. In 2018 it will travel to Yekaterinburg, Almaty and Tashkent. In Almaty the exhibition will take place at the Kasteev Museum of Arts. 

http://www.goethe.de

Yerbossyn Meldibekov at the 10th Shiryaevo Biennale

Yerbossyn Meldibekov at the 10th Shiryaevo Biennale

3 August - 30 September, 2018

The subject of this year's Shiryaevo Biennale is the state of Glee. According to the curator's statement, "the focus of the Biennale is the understanding of the glee forms in body movements, sounds, natural forces. Appearance of this wish as it is". The main project of the Shiryaevo Biennale traditionally takes place in the Shiryaevo village, where the artists will be staying in local houses, immersing themselves in "simple life". Among this year's participants - Yerbossyn Meldibekov. Curated by Nelya Korzhova.

https://shiryaevo-biennale.ru/

Blindness machines

Blindness machines

Andrey Fomenko wrote an article in Moscow Art Magazine, called Blindness machines about Alexander Ugay's first solo show. The show Topology of Image was on view at Aspan Gallery from 1 March to 8 April 2018. 


http://moscowartmagazine.com


"Red Tablet"

9 June - 30 June 2018

Alexander Ugay is taking part in the group show Red Tablet, which takes place at the Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts in Bishkek. As part of the exhibition, the SI Laboratory initiates a conversation about memory and identity. Red tablet is a reflection on the topic "who are we?" and how the imposition of many factors forms our understanding of ourselves and others. The exhibition brings together 26 artists from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia.

http://laboratoriaci.org


Second Yinchuan Biennale announces the list of participating artists

Second Yinchuan Biennale announces the list of participating artists

9 June - 19 September 2018

Second Yinchuan Biennale titled Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge has published the list of participating artists, which includes Vyacheslav Akhunov, Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev, Said Atabekov and Alexander Ugay. The curator Marco Scotini's project will focus on the geographical region of the Silk Route and will inlcude ancient artefacts from national and private museums, as well as newly commissioned pieces by contemporary artists. The biennale will be held at the MOCA Yinchuan.

www.biennialfoundation.org

Yerbossyn Meldibekov’s 'Transformer' enters The BPS22 collection

Yerbossyn Meldibekov’s 'Transformer' enters The BPS22 collection

Yerbossyn Meldibekov’s installation Transformer, 2013 was purchased by the Belgian museum BPS22 located in the city of Charleroi. The BPS22 is an exhibition space dedicated to art forms focusing on current social issues.

According to Viktor Misiano, “Yerbossyn Meldibekov’s Transformer deals with a certain podium on which  numerous monuments that replaced each other are represented by disassembled elements of smaller wooden copies: the latter may be reassembled in line with their actual historical sequence, or by violating it. Thus, “by playing at Transformer, the viewer is able to experience as something personal a century’s worth of the history of an enormous region of Central Asia”.


Almagul Menlibayeva in 'The Dictionary of Evil'

Almagul Menlibayeva in 'The Dictionary of Evil'

3 February - 18 March 2018

Almagul Menlibayeva is taking part in the Gangwon International Biennale 2018. This year's theme is The Dictionary of Evil. The Biennale presents the efforts made by artists to observe the special or universal evils of our society, against a backdrop of the moral consciousness of human beings in an endless present, rather than a religious or ethical perspective on the “lack of good.” The Biennale macroscopically and microscopically reflects on the “faces of evil” from the perspective of artists, who do not accept the co-prosperity and coexistence of humanity. The exhibition will be on view until 18 March.

gwbien.com

March Meeting 2018: Active Forms

March Meeting 2018: Active Forms

16 March - 16 June 2018

March Meeting is an annual gathering of artists, art professionals and institutions concerned with the production and dissemination of art in the region and internationally. The 2018 edition titled Active Forms explores issues of resistance through consideration of organising as a primary act of and condition for artistic and cultural production. Active Forms will present an exhibition of works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection by Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev and Almagul Menlibayeva among others. 

sharjahart.org/march-meeting-2018


Postkoloniale Kunst aus Zentralasien

Postkoloniale Kunst aus Zentralasien

17 February - 11 March 2018

A group show of Central Asian contemporary artists opened on 17 February at GEDOK Karlsruhe Women Artists Forum. The exhibition showcases the work of Bakhyt Bubikanova and 5 other women artists from the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The works illustrate the new ideological developments and a rebirth of old, pre-Soviet and even pre-Islamic cultures. The exhibition analyses the transformative nature of experience, including political boundaries, cultural identity, social struggle and personal reorientation. Postkoloniale Kunst aus Zentralasien will be on view till 11 March 2018.

gedok-karlsruhe.de


Topology of Image

Topology of Image

1 March - 8 April 2018

Aspan Gallery presents Alexander Ugay’s first solo show Topology of Image. The exhibition will feature a selection of Ugay's photographic and video works, as well as the artist's novation - a series of optical objects "Obscurations". According to the artist, an Obscuration “as an image, an object, and as a situation in space, is simultaneously a photographic and a spatial object. It can be a form of documentation of places of memory, or a new way of working with archive and memory.”

The show Topology of Image will be held at EXPO Villa, Villa Boutiques & Restaurants (Al-Farabi 140 A) from 1 March to 8 April 2018.


Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev in ‘Our Stories’

Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev in ‘Our Stories’

4 December 2017

Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev’s video Smiley was shown during the 2017 edition of The Compiler Screenings titled Our Stories which took place in Basel. Thirteen stories told by thirteen video artists from Switzerland, Palestine, Iran, Turkey and Kazakhstan communicated the political, cultural and social complexities of our world with the common goal of bridging our communal interconnection while taking into account the many challenges affecting us, our landscapes, our travels and our relationships. 

The Compiler Screenings 2017 were organized by White Frame and Treibsand Online Exhibition Space. 

whiteframe.art

Human Rights: 20 Years Later

Human Rights: 20 Years Later

6 - 20 December 2017

A group show of Kazakhstani artists Human Rights: 20 Years Later opens on 6 December at ARTMEKEN gallery in Almaty. The exhibition organized with the support of Soros Foundation Kazakhstan brings together 13 artists, among which are Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev and Yerbossyn Meldibekov. The exhibition curated by Valeria Ibraeva is timed to the world Human Rights Day celebrated on 10 December.