We are pleased to announce that Bakhyt Bubikanova’s painting from the series "B.BUBIKANOVA after A.DJAPAROV" (2020) is currently displayed as part of the permanent collection at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
The Central Asian Art Collection at the Stedelijk was created in collaboration with Aspan Gallery and includes 22 works by 13 artists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Apart from Bakhyt’s painting, the museum collection also features the artist’s video work "Yes.No.Damet" (2017).
July 1 - November 19, 2023
Dilyara Kaipova is part of the group exhibition «Being and Belonging» curated by Dr. Fahmida Suleman and Dr. Silvia Forni.
The exhibition showcases over 100 works by 25 Women-artists representing or associated with the Islamic world from West Africa to Southeast Asia, exploring key contemporary issues and addressing themes of identity, sexuality and power.
23 April - 27 November
Saodat Ismailova will participate in the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.
The title of this year's Biennale, curated by Cecilia Alemani is The Milk of Dreams. The exhibition will focus on three themes in particular: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the connection between bodies and the earth. Saodat Ismailova will present a new video installation.
18 June - 25 September
Aspan Gallery is proud to announce the participation of the gallery artist Saodat Ismailova in the fifteenth edition of documenta.
documenta is an international contemporary art exhibition, held in Kassel every five years since 1955. The exhibition was founder by a German artist and curator Arnold Bode and is one of the most important events in contemporary art.
The 15th edition of documenta will be curated by an Indonesian collective ruangrupa, consisting of ten members. The 2022 exhibition will be dedicated to “today’s injuries, especially ones rooted in colonialism, capitalism, or patriarchal structures”, which would be contrasted with “partnership-based models that enable people to have a different view of the world.”
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.