8 October 2021 - 23 January 2022
M HKA's new group exhibition "EURASIA - A Landscape of Mutability".
The concept of Eurasia evokes myriad different ideas across geological, ideological, cultural, racial, and artistic paradigms. Housing three quarters of the world’s population (as well as three quarters of the world’s energy resources), the Eurasian supercontinent is also home to a great plurality of cultures. It is a space where historical, contemporary, and futuristic visions coexist, interact, and mutate. From the ancient world to the cultural horizons to come, Eurasia has hosted the free-flow of exchanges, and possesses more capacity than ever for trans- or rather supranational thinking and cultural transformation superseding artificial distinctions of “Asia“ and “Europe. EURASIA – A Landscape of Mutability is curated by: Joanna Zielińska and Nav Haq. Among the artists participating in the exhibition are Yelena & Viktor Vorobyev, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev.
10 September 2021 - 30 January 2022
The exhibition explores the relatively small segment of contemporary art that is dedicated to investigating and challenging the durational dimension of its agents, from the body of the artist to the act of making and viewing art. It brings together works by 30 artists from different generations across Southeast and Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Eastern and Western Europe. Among these artists is Vyacheslav Akhunov, he presented part of his total installation of 1250 pieces, of which 588 works are on display at the Garage Museum. A banner with a photo of the performance "When your neighbor flew to space" was stretched out in front of the museum. The performance "Suitcases" took place on the two events of opening of the exhibition.
Saodat Ismailova’s video The Haunted (2017) and Letters (2013-2018) photo series were acquired by Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
The Haunted is a single channel video about an imaginary encounter with extinct Turkestan tiger, that fell as a victim, during colonization of Central Asia. Today the tiger keeps on living in the collective memory and dreams of local people, as a sacred archetype.
Letters is a series of black-and-white archival family portraits encrusted with handwritten inscriptions made by the portrayed person. Letters traces the history of Central Asia in the last century by researching into the fates of members of the artist's family and analyzing the written characters which change across the photos from Arabic to Latin to Cyrillic.
1 September - 17 October, 2021
Contemporary Art Biennial Tallinn Photomonth main programme includes screening of Saodat Ismailova's Her Five Lives at Cinema Sorpus, Tallinn. Tallinn Photomonth is the city’s biennial of contemporary art and visual culture, one of the biggest art events in Estonia. Founded in 2011, it broadly examines the developments in art and society across all artistic practices. For its 6th edition, which takes place between September 1 and October 17, 2021, the biennial will investigate current notions of coping and adaptation, and the development of community during a challenging time of significant change.
Her Five Lives is Saodat Ismailova‘s look into the history of Uzbek cinema by analysing representation and transformation of Uzbek female heroines within almost a century (1925 – 2015).
29 June - 22 August, 2021
Saodat Ismailova's video Celestial Circles is exhibited at the "Planted in the Body", part of "Other Knowledge" exhibition series at the Meet Factory in Prague. This show looks into plants as sources and carriers of knowledge, and explores more precisely how the unique knowledge flora has been holding for centuries is transmitted. It highlights matrilineal and ancestral chains’ roles in preserving and passing down nature’s teachings. The latter are extremely diverse and touch on the realm of medicine, spirituality, survival skills, food practices, traumas and political memories.
Among the artists participating in the group show is Saodat Ismailova.
April - June 2021
Entitled LIVING TOGETHER—CROSSING BORDERS the 4th Mediterranean Biennale offers an alternative platform, highlighting the local processes being created in the region and enhancing their cultural impact by means of art directed toward the community. Art that emerges from the museum walls and integrates with the city. The city becomes a place for artistic thinking and inspiration, a laboratory for ideas and creativity. Among the 60 artists and art collectives participating in the biennale is Almagul Menlibayeva.
1 - 2 April 2021
On April 1 at 18:00 the opening of the exhibition "Bishkek April Fools' Competition 2021" will take place in the gallery of the Union of Artists in Bishkek. The Bishkek April Fools' Contemporary Art Competition is an annual international competition held in the capital of Kyrgyzstan since 2003. Most of the participants are artists from Central Asia, as well as from the CIS countries and Europe. The theme, curatorial team, jury and other aspects are determined anew every year.
This year, the competition will feature works by artists from Bishkek, Astana, Almaty, Tashkent and Kharkov. Among the participants are both young authors and well-known artists of different generations and schools. Bakhyt Bubikanova participated in the competition, and Elena and Viktor Vorobyevs prepared a special out-of-competition work for the event.
4 April - 25 April 2021
Points of Resistance invites contemporary artists and thinkers from a diversity of places and perspectives to address the many meanings of resistance in today’s complex world. The group show takes the form of an exhibition of over 50 exceptional international artists, jointly produced by Gallery Kleiner von Wiese and MOMENTUM. Among the artists participating in the exhibition are Almagul Menlibayeva and Gulnur Mukazhanova.
4 March - 24 July 2021
A new group show “After Hope: Videos of Resistance” has opened at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition focuses on video work of artists from around the world and explored the role of hope in contemporary art and activism. Among the fifty artists in the exhibition Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev with their video “Spring” and Yelena and Viktor Vorobyev with their video “Duckie”.
23 January - 27 April 2021
A group show “The Female Side of the Moon” at Galerie Z22 in Berlin has re-opened and has been extended until 23 April 2021. The exhibition, featuring Gulnur Mukazhanova, unites 40 artists working with photography from 28 countries. The show presents the female gaze as a multitude of gazes and perspectives. In each photograph both the framer and the framed are women.