At its core, the inspiration for the projects is drawn from personal experiences of living in different countries and frequent travelling around the world and yearning for homeland in Kazakhstan. The projects primarily revolve around the rediscovery of nomadic roots and personal response to the contradictions Central Asia is facing today. Driven by the millennial history of legendary nomads who, in a matter of a century, have experienced several radical transformations led by Russian colonization and the subsequent oppressive Soviet regime, then followed by a mere two decades of independence, the projects explore how modern-day nomadism impacts the world and how a nation could be empowered or deprived by globalization. Do we submit to the realities of the ongoing standardization that promotes a homogeneous and ephemeral set of values and beliefs, or do we reconfigure the ideology of cultural identity, envisage new paths towards the vibrancy of harmonious pluralism and rely on the wisdom of different peoples to contribute to the collective well-being?
The responses to the above questions are depicted through the layers of multiple artistic media, including mixed media painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and installations. The playful juxtaposition of ancient media like felt and bones, natural to traditional nomads, with contemporary approaches is a way to stretch the boundaries of the anthropological and ethnographic boundaries towards a new concept of nomadism.
EDUCATION2017 -18 MA Fine Art, University of Creative Arts, UK 2016 Curatorial Practice, City University of London 2016 Art Exhibition Management, City University of London 2015 Art as a Global Business, Sotheby’s Institute of Art 2015 Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art 2013-15 “Haagweg 4” Leiden Art Center, studied under Eva De Visser, The Netherlands 2013 Art of Metal Leafing, Arcese Studio, Leiden 2012 Orientation Course, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands 2011-12 “Haagweg 4” Leiden Art Center, studied under Hans De Bruijn, The Netherlands 2011-12 Vermont Art Event, Workshops under Robert Burridge, Caroline Jasper, Linda Kemp, Ken Muezenmayer. VT, USA 2010 Watercolour Classes under Maurie Harrington, VT, USA 2008-09 “Pallet” Art School, Almaty, Kazakhstan
EXHIBITIONS2017 In The Middle of Nowhere, Solo Exhibition, Guildford, UK 2017 Nomadism, Solo Exhibition at Ripley Arts Center, Bromley, London 2016 In Between, Sijthof Cultuur Gallery, Leiden, The Netherlands 2015 Asik Art Performance, PirToy Art Event, Tengri Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan 2015 Independence Day of Kazakhstan, Solo Exhibition, Crowne Plaza Promenade, The Hague 2015 Exposure Award 2015, Inclusion in Black & White Collection Book, Louvre, Paris 2015 Art Monaco’ 15 2015 Kazakhstan Week, Solo Exhibition, SHELL headquarters, The Hague 2015 New Artist Fair, London 2015 Vertigo Art Salon, New York City 2014-16 Mathieu Hart Antiques, Amsterdam 2014 International Art Rotterdam 2014 Locally Yours, Amsterdam 2014 Solo exhibition, KMGEP, Amsterdam 2013 Nauriz, solo exhibition, The Embassy of Republic of Kazakhstan, The Hague 2013 Galerie Kunst4iedereen, Haarlem