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.
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.
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.
25 May - 2 SeptemberSignature 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.