ON LOVE AND OTHER TEACHERS…
The young Kazakh artists’ exhibition (within ARTBAT FEST 5, Almaty)
Underground parking of Almaly Shopping Mall
28 Aug – 18 Sep
An exhibition of young Kazakhstani artists On Love And Other Teachers brings together the works of sixteen Kazakhstani artists, all under the age of 35, whose artistic practices span diverse media, including video and performance art, painting, installation and graffiti. The exhibition’s central themes revolve around the concept of love, including expressions of passion, desire, nostalgia and empathy, as well as more personal narratives connecting the artists’ unique experiences to those of the viewing public. Ultimately, On Love And Other Teachers seeks to translate the individual’s experience of love, a “universal” human emotion, to the shared collective consciousness and urban condition.
The exhibition’s title is borrowed from a film by exhibiting artist Ada Yu. Her work incorporates photography, choreography, and installation.
Syrlybek Bekbotayev’s installation is calling attention to the political and social realities of those who inhabit these areas, their families and loved ones. Aigerim Mazhitkhankyzy’s installation, comprised of symbols connected to archaic tribes that the artist has re-contextualized as modern road signs, also links our present-day society to historic cultures and ancient symbols.
The installations by Alexandra Ali, Suinbike Suleimenova & Ainur Kozhabayeva transform a part of the garage into a surreal and romantic space. Her use of neon light and color create an almost futuristic aesthetic, psychologically interact with and meltingly seduce viewers.
Graffiti artists Andrew, Dmn and Rekon have also utilized the exhibition space as their canvas. Together, these artists, whose work is usually associated with youth culture and underground venues like the parking garage, will recreate a domestic environment, before returning it to the “streets” through their respective writing styles.
Assel Kadyrkhanova’s installations invoke the power of memory, innocence and wonder through the artist’s use of unexpected objects and surreal colors.
The paintings of Sholpan Sharbakova, liberated from their stretchers, are displayed as sculptures, large-scale abstract compositions made three dimensional by the artist’s choice to relieve them from fixed structures. Anya Sand and Kamilla Gabdullina work in more traditional media, specifically drawing and painting. Their subjects range from inanimate objects with symbolic significance to emotional portraits and abstracted figurative landscapes. Finally, artists Anastasiya Silkina, Alpamys Batyrov and Ainur Kozhabayeva also employ painterly abstraction in their respective works to touch upon various aspects of human emotion and relationships, both personal and universal.
Together, the exhibition juxtaposes different visions on the eternal subject of LOVE, as understood by each of the invited artists. The resulting works express a desire or a dream – lust, bliss and even suffering –emotions that help us to understand something important about ourselves as individuals, while teaching us greater lessons about the nature of humanity as a whole.
Curated by Dina Baitassova (Kazakhstan-France) and Emilie Trice (USA).