30 October 2020 - 20 December 2020
Dust Clay Stone focuses on works that represent the complex issues of identity faced by individuals experiencing situations of migration, as well as the perceptions that are formed or lost in the course of such experiences. The four artists, Pia Arke, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Bouchra Khalili and Alexander Ugay, whose works appear in the exhibition either experienced migration due to personal reasons or historical circumstance or are still living in a situation of it. While each of them has diverse cultural background through the experience of having been born in different regions of the globe and migrated to different continents or countries, the artists reveal their interests in the complex identity, the individual and collective memories, post-colonialism and allyship in their works. The works are also inter-connected in their methods of creating works such as their deep exploration of the structure of languages, the representation of images, approaches to the archival references, etc.
20 January 2021
On January 20 art-group ORTA will present its new project at Aspan Gallery in Almaty, the series of performative installation-laboratory and the launch of the First Reactor of Visible Phenomena will start by the artist talk about John Cage, zen-colonization, society of under-consumption, and the intermediate results of the application of the growing popularity of the the First Reactor of Visible Phenomena in science and art, with the members of ORTA art-group and moderator Vlad Sludskiy.
Free entrance, by registration: https://www.orta.kz/installation
20 January 2021 - 27 January 2021On 20 January art-group ORTA will present its new project at Aspan Gallery in Almaty. The project consists of two parts: performative installation-laboratory and the launch of the First Reactor of Visible Phenomena. During 8 days Aspan Gallery’s space will become a performative laboratory for the preparation of the launch. It will be based on composer John Cage’s text “Communication”. The end result of the performance will be 4 music-drama spectacles with the participation of actress Alexandra Morozova, pianist Nurgul Nusipzhanova and self-organised charity choir “April”, stenography by Alexandra Bakanova, directed by Rustem Begenov.
Music-drama spectacles will take place on 23, 24, 26 and 27 January at 8 pm. Duration: 1h 20 mins.
17 September 2020 - 21 October 2020
50 Shades of Blue - an exhibition dedicated to the topic of human rights in Kazakhstan. Among the artists participating in the exhibition are: Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev and Said Atabekov.
Curated by Valeriya Ibrayeva.
1 October 2020 - 1 October 2020
A group show “Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories”, examining the relationship between humans and nature and including Almagul Menlibayeva is taking place at Migros Museum in Zurich until 11 October. On Thursday, 1 October at 5 pm Zurich-time there would be an online talk with Almagul Menlibayeva and co-curator of the exhibition Suad Garayeva-Maleki.
After the initial exhibition in Zurich, the show will travel to YARAT Contemporary Art Centre in Baku from 13 November until 20 February 2021.
2 November 2020
ARTIST TALKS is a PCAI online series of talks and interviews between PCAI Collection artists and other artists, art historians, curators, or art theorists. In Artist Talk 2, visual artist Almagul Menlibayeva discusses with curator Aigerim Kapar her projects throughout the years, her Lahore Biennale 02 participation and the environmental concerns in her video works.
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27 November 2020
On the 27th, Art Sonje Center will hold an artist talk “Obscuration - Image, Object, Site” by Alexander Ugay, an artist participating in Dust and Earth Stone exhibition. In this talk, the artist will talk about the method and structure of recognizing and producing images, and how the intention of image production has been applied with the development of the medium.
Place: Art Sonje Center B1F Hall
7 March 2020 - 11 October 2020
Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories is the first in a series of two exhibitions that will explore the relationship between humans and nature. The art gathered in both shows scrutinizes the interactions between man and nature from a variety of angles and limns potential future scenarios of life on earth. The works on view in the first chapter draw attention to the ways in which the environment has been appropriated in the pursuit of power and resources, shedding light on the repercussions for both nature and social fabrics. They also interrogate conceptions of knowledge in the natural sciences that have been developed in the course of man’s power-driven appropriation of the natural world.
Curated by Heike Munder (director Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst) and Suad Garayeva-Maleki (director YARAT Contemporary Art Space). Among artists participating in the group show is Almagul Manlibayeva.
1 May 2020 - 29 November 2020
Transformer, the project which Kazakh artist Yerbossyn Meldibekov has created as the Garage Square Commission, is the result of his research into the history of the monuments in one of Tashkent’s squares, which have changed nine times in the past 100 years.
Over the past 100 years the garden has had six different names and nine different monuments at its center. The first monument was to Konstantin von Kaufmann, a Russian military leader who played a key role in the conquest of Central Asia. It was erected under the Russian Empire. After the Revolution it was replaced by a Red Flag monument, followed by Hammer and Sickle, The Beacon of Revolution, statues of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, a stele with the Program of the Communist Party, and finally, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a statue of Amir Timur.
12 December 2019 - 24 May 2020
Sekretiki (“little secrets”) was a popular pastime for Soviet kids. Showing your friends your collection of pretty objects buried in the ground under a piece of glass was an early experience of forming a friendship group, and looting such collections was an invasion of personal space.
Employing this game as a metaphor, Sekretiki: Digging Up Soviet Underground Culture, 1966–1985 presents Soviet underground art as a form of secret knowledge shared by a circle of friends and collaborators and requiring protection from the outside forces of ideological control and censorship. During the Soviet period, such secret activities were not limited to art but also included spiritual practices, from yoga to esotericism and alternative medicine. Among artists participating in the exhibition Vyacheslav Akhunov.