URBAN ART ASTANA 2019
The second international street culture festival
Concept: URBAN NATURE
Curator: Olga Vesselova
Teach me the art of small steps…
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Astana is a young city. It is a city that is growing and is being shaped right before our eyes and each of us plays a part in the way that it’s being shaped. The way the city will be in the future depends on what we do now. The urban environment similar to a quilted duvet consists of a myriad of small details – those are the actions of the city dwellers, the day-to-day decisions of the Astana city folk.
Have you ever wondered about the way man impacts nature? And how nature impacts man?
What is nature’s role in urban life? Nature understood not only as in flora and fauna but also as human nature with its deep-rooted desires and motives. We all wish to live in a happy city. And this happy city we build together, ourselves, by making decisions on a daily basis. And could one imagine a happy city without the shade of trees, without the chirping of birds or the green of grass?
In its second year of establishment, the URBAN ART ASTANA street art and culture festival would like to, on the one hand, address the nature of the citizens, the everyday habits of a city dweller that shape the future of the city, and on the other hand, to refresh the topic of nature’s place in urban life by shaping the traditions of how nature is cultivated and preserved. The Astana city folk’s caring attitude to nature will not only make their city a better place for them to live in but will also help build the foundation for man and nature’s future coherent coexistence in the city of Astana.
The wisdom of the mature, multiplied by the enthusiasm of the young, can lay the groundwork for a firm tradition of the sustainable development of man and nature’s harmonious coexistence in an urban environment.
“Living with a tree”
It's a utopian project for a residential building. In our city, because of the cold climate, trees of such girth do not grow. I suggest planting one common tropical tree, one on all floors. In this way, we can solve the problem of a house plant with the maximum presence of nature in our apartment. The implementation of my project on the wall of the house is my attempt to bring it closer to people's imagination. Nowadays, human activity has become destructive to the environment. In my work "Living with a tree" I propose to review the aesthetics of everyday life
in favor of the maximum presence of nature in our lives.
Nikita Khodak and Rinat Abdrakhmanov
Human, nature, the city
This work reflects the rapid flow of the river of life and mimicry of the world, where the human- being is a part of the whole and is in a relationship with the universe. Reflections of connections are conveyed in city plans, symbols, animals and a human face. In general, the illustration is a reflection of reality, which is often distorted by all kinds of anthropogenic influences but without changing the meaning. Our work is an attempt to rethink the mundane in the flow of information.
History in details
The center of work is the golden eagle, one of the main symbols of Kazakhstan, a symbol of independence. Here, I wanted to combine all the key elements of national identity, but I also wanted to remember nature. Thus, one can see how national identity goes hand in hand with the identification of itself with a part of nature.