Uriya’s work focuses on the challenges of identity in the context of globalisation, mass migration, environmental issues and inequality. Do nations and indigenous cultures become empowered or deprived by globalisation? Do we submit to the realities of the ongoing standardisation, or do we reconfigure the ideology of cultural identity and embrace the wisdom of different people to contribute to the collective well-being? Drawing inspiration from ancient nomadic history of her homeland Kazakhstan, Uriya explores modern-day nomadism and how it impacts the world.
The personal response to the above concerns is conveyed through the layers of multiple artistic media, including painting, photography, performance and installations. The quirky juxtaposition of ancient media like felt and bones, natural to traditional nomads, with contemporary approaches is Uriya’s way to stretch the anthropological boundaries and to transcend cultural differences.
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