"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/2018/05/29/9-iyunya-otkroetsya-vystavka-sovremennogo-iskusstva-krasnaya-tabletka/


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

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

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

June - July 2018

Yelena and Viktor Vorobyevs will participate 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 will feature 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
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.

Something about Contemporary Nomadism

Something about Contemporary Nomadism

30 November 2017 - 14 January 2018

Aspan Gallery is pleased to present the first solo show of renowned Kyrgyz artists in Central Asia. Something about Contemporary Nomadism will include installations, video and photography of the artist couple from Bishkek Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev, including their programmatic Transsiberian Amazons (2005) and Brooklyn Bridge (2010), as well as the new works that will be shown for the first time. 

The show Something about Contemporary Nomadism will be held at EXPO Villa, Villa Boutiques & Restaurants (Al-Farabi 140 A) from 30 November 2017 to 14 January 2018. 

Shiryaevo Biennale. Central Russian Zen

Shiryaevo Biennale. Central Russian Zen

1 September - 8 October 2017

Central Russian Zen group exhibition opened in the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, part of ROSIZO. The exhibition was a metaphorical reflection on the experience of the oldest active international biennale of contemporary art in Russia, which has been held since 1999 in the ancient Russian village of Shiryaevo on the Volga bank, one of the most beautiful places of the Samara bend surrounded by the Zhiguli Nature Reserve on all sides. The Shiryaevo Biennale was intended and carried out as an international experimental project by famous Russian curators Nelya Korzhova and Roman Korzhov, the founders of the Samara Regional Public Charity Foundation The Centre for Contemporary Art with active contribution from Hanns-Michael Rupprechter and the Stuttgart Union of Artists from Germany as well as a group of artists from Kazakhstan headed by Rustam Khalfin and Sergey Maslov.

www.ncca.ru


Bakhyt Bubikanova in a group show 'Elsewhere'

Bakhyt Bubikanova in a group show 'Elsewhere'

6 - 10 October 2017

Bakhyt Bubikanova's works will be presented at Floodlight Foundation's first exhibition in London. The group show entitled Elsewhere brings attention to artists having a moment elsewhere but who have had little or no exposure in London before.


On Borders and Other Inventions

On Borders and Other Inventions

14 October - 12 November 2017

Aspan Gallery presents a new show On Borders and Other Inventions with Kazakhstani Said Atabekov and Malian Abdoulaye Konaté. Despite the obvious cultural and geographical differences, both artists explore the issues of borders, identity, and interaction of different cultures, religions and ideologies and work with traditional for their respecitve regions materials. This would be the first show of Aspan Gallery's series of exhibitions-dialogues between a Central Asian and another non-Western contemporary artist.


‘NotNotNot’ – Exhibition of Central Asian Artists

‘NotNotNot’ – Exhibition of Central Asian Artists

24 September – 15 October 2017

A group show of Central Asian contemporary artists NotNotNot opened at Asanbay Centre in Bishkek. Three main complaints most commonly expressed by artists are reflected in the exhibition’s title: "Not as I wanted", "Not according to the plan", "Not the right size". The show, curated by Ulan Japarov, brought together the works from Central Asian artists of different generations. Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev and Said Atabekov presented their new pieces, whereas the younger generation of Kazakhstani art scene was represented by Bakhyt Bubikanova.

ART PROSPECT – BISHKEK: GREEN ZONES – NEW BREATH

ART PROSPECT – BISHKEK: GREEN ZONES – NEW BREATH

22 - 24 September 2017

International Public Art Festival Art Prospect founded by a non-profit organization CEC ArtsLink will take place in Bishkek Botanical Garden in the end of September. The festival will feature artists and collectives from Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine and the USA. Artists and organizers propose to re-imagine and invigorate the Botanical Garden, using art, design and architecture tools, helping to organize a place for informal meetings of citizens of all ages and groups. This year’s festival edition is curated by a Bishkek-based artist duo of Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev. 

www.artprospect.org


Almagul Menlibayeva and Said Atabekov in 'Reconciliation. Memory of the steppes'

Almagul Menlibayeva and Said Atabekov in 'Reconciliation. Memory of the steppes'

2 - 16 September 2017

The project Reconciliation is an attempt to rethink the events of the civil war in Russia and abroad in a series of exhibition projects. The exhibition unites works by artists from Russia and Kazakhstan, and refers to matters of historical and collective memory, fancy trajectories of its development and transformations. Trying to locate and reconstruct the unspoken history of the civil war in Kazakhstan, the artists use different ways of experiencing human history and war. The project is a part of ArtBat Fest 8 and is on display at Almaty Art Centre..

Yerbossyn Meldibekov in “A Romance with Revolution”

Yerbossyn Meldibekov in “A Romance with Revolution”

18 August – 12 November 2017

An international group exhibition A Romance with Revolution opened at ACC Galerie in Weimar and at Pushkinskaya-10, Saint-Petersburg independent cultural center. 100 years after “The Red October” the show raises the topic of fascination for riot, revolution and revolt as well as for the heritage and heirs, lessons and consequences from epochmaking changes. A Romance with Revolution presents works by 19 artists from 11 countries including Yerbossyn Meldibekov. 

www.nationaltheater-weimar.de

Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev in a Group Show

Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev in a Group Show "A Global Table"

23 September 2017 - 7 January 2018

Bishkek-based artist duo of Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev will take part in a group show  A Global Table which will run in the Frans Hals Museum in  Haarlem.  This exhibition featuring old and new art will showcase the food still lifes of the Golden Age offering an alternative reading of these works as documents from the history of the Netherlands’ colonial and trade relations in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The show will be completed by the works of contemporary artists interested in world trade and the effects of colonialism. A Global Table will be on display through 7 January 2018. 

www.franshalsmuseum.nl/en/exhibitions/global-table