Art Beyond Borders: Tracing the Journey of Kazakh Artists in the Global Art Landscape
Embracing Ancestral Connections
Artists across the globe have been exploring varied themes that touch upon life, death, time, space, and reality. In this context, Kazakh artists Aigana Gali and Gulnur Mukazhanova have carved a niche for themselves by creating artworks that explore the ancestral connection. Their recent exhibition, ‘La Makan, Cosmic Corporeality,’ held in London, is a testament to their passion for exploring deep-rooted connections with the past and the cosmos.
The event was organized by Ainalayin Space, a contemporary arts organization based in London. The organization has been supporting Central Asian artists for over a decade, providing them a platform to showcase their creativity and the themes they hold dear. The exhibition, inspired by the nomadic life and the cosmos, will be on display until October 15, offering art enthusiasts a chance to explore the unique perspectives of these Kazakh artists.
Reflecting Kazakh Culture and Traditions
Art has always been a profound medium to reflect the culture and traditions of a nation. The ‘Traditions and Time’ exhibition, held at the National Museum of Kazakhstan, features works of more than 20 well-known Kazakh masters of applied art. These works in jewelry, felting, weaving, pottery, and leather processing are a reflection of the rich Kazakh culture and traditions. The exhibition aims to promote the cultural heritage among the younger generation and will run through September 11.
The ‘Space Exploration: Metamorphosis of Time’ exhibition, hosted in the Kazakh capital, unveiled vibrant artworks by Polish artist Wojciech Fangor and Kazakh artist Mazhit Baitenov. This exhibition, which serves as a bridge between the past and the future, highlights the artists’ reflections on the connection and the inner world of the individual. The exhibition will be open for public viewing until October 20.
Art and Hope in a Time of Crisis
The exhibition ‘Dear Earth: Art and Hope in a Time of Crisis’ at the Hayward Gallery, curated by chief art curator Rachel Thomas, provides a nuanced take on the climate crisis. The exhibition focuses on relationships with the earth and features artworks by 15 international artists in diverse media. These artworks, made from salvaged or sustainable materials, aim to encourage viewers to reconsider their daily habits and the place of nature in their lives.
For the 59th Venice Biennale, the Central Asian nations of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan showcased their national pavilions for the first time. The exhibitions focus on distinct national identities, suppressed during Soviet colonization, and question the very idea of national representation. ‘Gates of Turan,’ the exhibition at the Kyrgyz Pavilion, reflects on the ancient nomadic culture of the region and attempts to create a communication portal with the future within the ancestral.
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