From Andakulova Gallery



A New Vision series of exhibitions is aimed to stage new ambitious projects and to bring to Dubai a selection of established and emerging artists from the Republic of Kazakhstan many of whom will be presenting their work in the Middle East for the first time. Andakulova gallery was founded in 2012 and through the New Vision series of exhibitions will reaffirm the gallery’s distinct identity as a platform with an aim to cultivate the dialogue between the Central Asia and the Middle East.

The gallery would love to be known as a dynamic space of encounter, where you can see established artists alongside emerging ones. Andakulova gallery is working towards adding more to Dubai’s artistic life, by expanding our talks, programs, screenings and introducing new artworks that activate and foster dialogue.

A New Vision series of exhibitions will shed more light on Central Asian art that is still almost blank on the art-world map. Andakulova gallery will bring to the audiences in Dubai four exhibitions of the artists whose work reflects the breadth of Kazakhstani culture twenty years after independence.

The art scene in Kazakhstan has emerged after the collapse of Soviet Union and since then Kazakh artists are actively participating in many international forums and prestigious art events such as Venice Biennale. Kazakh artists’ practices span across various media. Among the most recurrent themes widely explored there are post – Soviet visual aesthetics, freedom of expression and the impact of globalization on their country, the aspiration to a political and social change and the awakening of awareness about environmental issues. Andakulova gallery hope these four exhibitions will help to highlight the recent developments in the rich and diverse contemporary art practices in Kazakhstan

September 2016

Askhat Akhmediyarov – presents a solo show Malus Sieversii. The wild apple of Kazakhstan is named Malus sieversii after the botanist Johann Sievers who was the first to describe the species in the late 18th century. The woodlands stretching from western China across northern Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and right down to south Kazakhstan are dominated by the wild apples that gave the former capital of Kazakhstan its name: Almaty, or “Fatherland of Apples”. Nowhere else in the world do apples grow as a forest that literally surrounded the ancient city of Alma-Ata. Where wild apple trees once grew along streams and fence lines, now there are condominiums, shopping malls, and international banks in their stead. The wild apple habitats have dramatically declined in the area since the 1980s. Ironically, most of their former habitat has been intentionally planted with European cultivars of domesticated apples.

Akhmediyarov presents us with a Kazakhstan in transition, a country caught between two worlds. Askhat Akhmediyarov’s practice plays on various forms of modernity — television, consumerism, urbanisation — into "traditional" Kazakhstan.. He works in different media including video, performance, installation and photography, to investigate the influence of Western culture on Kazakh culture and the way in which Western culture is expanding in Kazakhstan. In April 2016, Askhat Akhmediyarov, mounted his first major exhibition Singular Plural, in the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan where the artist included the works of last 4 years: performances, photography, installations, videos and paintings.

December 2016

Andakulova Gallery will host its first all-female exhibition “ Neither a shouting match nor a polite droning” and will showcase a selection of different practices of female artists from Kazakhstan’s old and new capital cities Almaty and Astana. The exhibition takes its name from an article “Reflections” by a curator Jane Farver, whose primary concern has been “ to include the unincluded in the dialogue”. This exhibition will be about pulling together female artists at various stages of their careers and showing how they are all working differently to claim the right to face and to react against the established and cultural traditions.

March 2017

Solo show 66 Lbs by Said Atabekov - a true star of contemporary art scene in Kazakhstan and internationally.

Said Atabekov ( b1965) was a founding member of the Kyzyl Traktor (Red Tractor Group), the first avant-garde art collective established in the 1980s in Kazakhstan. Both as an individual artist and as a member of Kyzyl Tractor the artist has participated in many international forums such as 51st and 52 Venice Biennale. He took part in the exhibition Migrasophia at Sharjah Museum curated by Sarah Rasa, Art Dubai Marker section curated by Slavs and Tatars and most recently Life is a legend at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasburg, France

After gaining the independence in 1991 a new generation of Kazakh artists went through the process of shedding the Soviet past and starting anew with the ambitious goal of creating new art of the country that went through from nomadic culture to Communism, and then to capitalism in less than a century. Solo –show 66 Lbs by Said Atabekov will feature photo, video and site- specific installation to reflect on ancient nomadic tradition of Kazakhstan the game of Kokpar, known as buzkashi in Afghanistan, is a tough version of that gentlemanly game, polo. Instead of playing from the back of a horse with wooden mallets and a ball, riders use their bare hands and lean to pick up a headless sheep or goat from the ground. Kokpar is expected to be a star attraction when Astana will be the host of the Expo 2017.

The title of the exhibition 66 Lbs is coming from mandatory weight of the animal carcass that cannot be just any weight. Heft is mandatory. It must weigh 66 pounds.

The photos and videos taken by the artist during Kokpar competition take us right to the epicenter of this rough and violent game. These photos are not being taken by a passive camera, though. Atabekov confronts us with raw, real events. The artist puts himself where things are happening.His own vision of the grandeur of crowds gives a sense of depth and scale of tradition some say dating from the days of Genghis Khan.

May 2017

For the final exhibition of the season Andakulova gallery will present Highlights of VIII Tashkent Biennale, a group show by artists from the gallery roster who took part in this important event in October 2016. In 2016, Andakulova gallery partnered with VIII Tashkent Biennale and closely collaborated and sponsored several projects for the Biennale .

The designated title for VIII Tashkent ‘s Biennale: “Pushing the boundaries” – connects with the world aims to provide a framework that unites multiple countries and cultures by critically investigating the subjects of geopolitics and gender as well as the ethno-cultural aspects of the world where the everyday existence of the human race is constantly confronted with limitations and boundaries.

The primary objective of the Biennale was to further the dialogue between a mix of established and emerging artists from around the world. Artists from more than 40 countries were invited to take part in the creative search for new ideas by critically investigating contemporary life through the prism of pluralism within the current global context. The VIII Tashkent Biennale provided a dynamic foundation for creative reflection into issues of identity, gender, war conflicts and peace as well as notions of eternity and temporality.

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