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stefan rusu on Wed, 12 Oct 2005 15:34:58 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-ro] Exhibition in Kyrgyzstan Press release

Press release

2nd Bishkek International Exhibition of Contemporary Art
In the Shadow of Heroes
October 7-17, 2005

Organized by ArtEast (Kyrgyzstan). The main goal of organization is
developing contemporary art in Kyrgyzstan.

For the first time the exhibition is held under tribune of the Alato Central
Square. The underground rooms, with the total area of 1000 square meters,
have been in desolation for the last 15 years, having become a shelter for
homeless. These are the rooms, from which the representatives of the
Communist nomenclature used to come up to review the troops and to which
they would return after the celebration. One more feature of this place is
the topographical concurrence with the destroyed casemates of the former KGB
building. Behind the tribune until the year 2003 stood the statue of Lenin,
and now at the same pedestal towers the statue of Freedom.

Muratbek Djoumaliev
Gulnara Kasmalieva

The official post-Soviet images of the heroic are already very well
represented on Central Asian territory. The present-day creation of heroic
myths has resulted in the cloning of numerous portrait statues on horseback
all the way from the Caspian Sea to Mongolia. The search for cultural
identity is in crisis. Somewhere within us, we experience an unwavering
sense that what is most important has been left behind, beyond the limits of
public attention, in the shadow of heroes.

One of the eternal problems for creative people is the understanding the
heroes of their time. Artists? identities are indissolubly connected to
their surrounding environments, and their creative works, in one way or
another, reflect the processes occurring in society at any given moment.

Contemporary Central Asia is characterized, on the one hand, by collective
phobias, skepticism, disappointment, and a lack of faith in tomorrow and, on
the other, by adventurism, cynicism, and a desire for pleasure and success.
The overwhelming prevalence of these moods and behaviors leads us to ask the
question: How can we define the hero of our time? What is he like? In what
contexts is he represented? Is there an inherent conflict in asking what
makes for a hero in today?s world, when anything goes in the arts? Can we
speak with certainty of the loss of Ûthe enemy in artistic representations?
How should artists relate to mass media treatments of heroes?

1. Ernest Abdrazakov (Kyrgyzstan)
2. Lida Abdul (Afghanistan-USA)
3. Ruben Arevshatyan (Armenia)
4. Said Atabekov (Kazakhstan)
5. Vyacheslav Akhunov (Uzbekistan)
6. Olga Chernysheva (Russia)
7. Yelena Vorobiova (Kazakhstan)
8. Victor Vorobiov (Kazakhstan)
9. Gamal Bokonbaev (Kyrgyzstan)
10. Iliko Zautashvili (Georgia)
11. Mariam Ghani (Afghanistan-USA)
12. Alia Girik (Kazakhstan)
13. Dmitri Gutov (Russia)
14. Ulan Djaparov (Kyrgyzstan)
15. Muratbek Djoumaliev (Kyrgyzstan)
16. Natalia Dyu (Kazakhstan)
17. Alimjan Jorobaev (Kyrgyzstan)
18. Saltanat Kaybyldaeva (Kyrgyzstan)
19. Elena Kambina (Uzbekistan)
20. Gulnara Kasmalieva (Kyrgyzstan)
21. Roman Maskalev (Kyrgyzstan)
22. Erbossyn Meldibekov (Kazakhstan)
23. Alexander Nikolaev (Uzbekistan)
24. Koka Ramishvili (Georgia)
25. Valeri Ruppel (Kyrgyzstan)
26. Adis Seytaliev (Kyrgyzstan)
27. Alexander U (Kazakhstan)
28. Cao Fei (China)
29. Alexander Fyedorov (Kyrgyzstan)
30. Oksana Shatalova (Kazakhstan)

Sub-project In the Shadow of Fallen Heroes
Curator: Sara Raza (Great Britain)
1. Rey Akdogan (Germany)
2. Shahram Entekhabi (Germany)
3. Nooshin Farhid (Great Britain)
4. Shahram Karimi (Germany)
5. Maria Kheirkhah (Great Britain)
6. Mitra Memarzia (Great Britain)
7. Mitra Tabrizian (Great Britain)
8. Safi Yazdanian (Iran)

Panel Discussions:
Alena Boika, Umelec  magazine, Prague
Aron Brudny, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek
Valeria Ibraeva, SCCA-Almaty
Viktor Misiano, editor of Moscow Art Magazine
Sara Raza, art critic, Great Britain
Georg Shoelhammer, Documenta 12 Magazine, editor of Springerin magazine,

Dmitri Gutov, Moscow

General Sponsor:
Hivos Fund, Netherlands

Project supported by
Open Society Institute, Budapest

ArtEast, Kyrgyzstan
Prospect Mira, 32-3, Bishkek, 720044,
Tel: .+ 996(312) 48-45-37
E-mail: mjumali {AT} yandex.ru
Web: http://arteast.ktnet.kg


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