DIS / POSSESSED?
Folium (Zurich, Switzerland)
The exhibition „DIS/POSSESSED?“ with contributions by Ada Yu, Aleksey Shindin, Alexander Ugay, Almagul Menlibayeva, art-duo ZITABL, Gaisha Madanova, Kuanysh Bazargaliev, Said Atabekov, Saule Suleimenova and Syrlybek Bekbotaev explore questions around labour, money, possession and dispossession.
The term “dispossession” is usually linked to Soviet times, when private property was confiscated by the state. However, the anthropologist and sociologist Joma Nazpary relates this term to the post-soviet changes. In particular how neo-liberal reforms and rise of consumerism have transformed the conditions of society, the attitude to work and the patterns of work. First, the neo-liberal reforms and the abolition of the welfare state have dispossessed the majority from the access to welfare, education and work of the Soviet era creating a huge social cleavage among already stratified people. While the elite, immersed in conspicuous consumption and good jobs, the dispossessed part of the society stayed discriminated in the labour market. In spite of the poverty, the consumerist mentality created a tension between desire and the actual ability of possession.
The exhibition invites to explore a new territory on possession and dispossession and to immerse into interlinked viewpoints and multiple climaxes, in which questions such as: “What possesses who?” are not as easy to answer as it might first appear.
Curated by Anna Fech (Switzerland) and Vladislav Sludskiy (Kazakhstan-USA).