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Trans-Forma, 2002

Erbosyn Meldibekov : Monument to the hero (1999) - Installation / Erbosyn Meldibekov : The oriental hospitality

An exhibition of contemporary art from Central Asia. During our evaluation in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan we encountered a large number of interesting artists who tackled critical social issues and life in Central Asia using innovative expressive media.

It goes without saying that war in their region is a topic which appears regularly in their works. Many artists have successfully blended the artistic traditions of the kind which used to be taught in the former Soviet academies – and which are still taught today – with innovative forms of expression.

They have developed their own, condensed style. However their works, often installations, video works and happenings, frequently not only merge aesthetic and formal components, but also reflect traditional and mythological elements, as well as critical socio-political topics.

This results in complex and extremely interesting works of art. After the exhibition was presented at the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva from September 12. to November 10. 2002 with great success, we intend to bring it to the State Museum of Art in Bishkek, Kyrgizstan from May June 15 2003.

Akshat Akhmedyarov (*1965) Chimkent, Kasachstan, Ablakim Akumullaev (*1965) und Zitta Sultanbayeva (*1964), Almaty, Kasachstan, Rustam Khalfin (*1949), Almaty, Kasachstan, Galim Madanov (*1958), Almaty, Kasachstan, und Zauresh Madanova (*1964), Gaukhar Kiekbayeva (*1974), Almaty, Kasachstan, Aleksandr Malgajarov (*1971), Karaganda, Kasachstan, Erbossyn Meldibekov (*1964), Almaty, Kasachstan, Elena Vorobyeva (*1959), und Viktor Vorobyev (*1959), Almaty, Kasachstan, Vladimir Tulkin, und Taras Popov, Almaty, Kasachstan, Laboratory New Media Almaty, Kasachstan, «Zamana» Group, Bishkek, Kirgisistan, Gulnara Kasmalieva (*1960), Muratbek Djoumaliev (*1965), Ulan Japarov (*1960), Bishkek, Kirgisistan,, Shaarbek Amankulov (*1959), Bishkek, Kirgisistan, und Lizzy Maryl (*1960), Österreich, Shailobek Jeckshenbaev (*1947), Bishkek, Kirgisistan, Gruppe «Armoured Train», Bishkek, Kirgisistan, Ira Dekker, Roman Makalev, Alexander Ugai, Aybek Daiyrbekov, Shuhrat Babadjanov (*1963), Taschkent, Usbekistan, Slava Vyacheslav Akhunov (*1948), Taschkent, Usbekistan