Face of the Bride
PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art (Perm, Russia)
06 June – 22 July
Participants: ZITABL – Zitta Sultanbayeva, Ablikim Akmullayev, Said Atabekov, Bakhyt Bubikanova, Yelena & Viktor Vorobyev, Natalya Dyu, Kanat Ibragimov, Gaisha Madanova, Galim Madanov & Zauresh Terekbay, Sergey Maslov, Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Almagul Menlibayeva, Moldakul Narymbetov, Rashid Nurekeyev, Nurbossyn Oris, Georgy Tryakin-Bukharov, Alexander Ugay, Rustam Khalfin, Arystanbek Shalbaev, Oksana Shatalova, Alexei Shindin.
For twenty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union our ideas of Kazakhstan have been shaped by the official information policy of both countries. The exhibition in Perm is the first «assemblage» of contemporary art of Kazakhstan in 20 years and it considerably changes our ideas of the brotherly country. I compare displaying, opening and representing Kazakhstan contemporary art, previously unknown to the general public, to the very moving moment of a Kazakh wedding, the ceremony of Betashar – unveiling of the face of the bride. Taking off the «veil» transforms the ideal image of the previously unknown «bride». A collection of stereotypes is replaced by its true reflection, imbued with contradictions. Conceiving the exposition of the «Face of the Bride» I intended to overcome the commonplace opinion of Kazakh art as determined by nomadism, the culture of the wanderers. The exhibition explicates a more complex organization of the «Kazakh cultural code», which develops along the differently directed vectors.
Curated by Nailya Allakhverdieva (Russia).
Photo Credit: Aleksey Starkov & Aleksey Gushin