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, or do we reconfigure the ideology of cultural identity and rely on the wisdom of different peoples to contribute to the collective well-being?
The response to the above questions are depicted through the layers of multiple artistic media. The playful juxtaposition of ancient media like felt and bones, natural to traditional nomads, with contemporary approaches is a way to stretch the anthropological boundaries towards the concept of ‘Neo-nomadism’ and amplify the distinctive voice in the global diversity.
Sincerely Yours, Uriya Jurik