Thinking Collections: Telling Tales
A survey exhibition of Kyzyl Tractor
October 14–November 30, 2018
Public Reception: October 14, 12–6PM
Performance: October 14, 3PM
Presented by Asia Contemporary Art Week in collaboration with the National Museum of Kazakhstan as part of the multi-city Focus Kazakhstan initiative, this survey exhibition curated by Leeza Ahmady with Vladislav Sludskiy explores the work of transavantgarde Kazakhstan collective, Kyzyl Tractor. The group’s experimental work chronicles Kazakhstan’s socioeconomic, ecological, and political shifts in juxtaposition with appropriations of the region’s nomadic, Sufi, and Shamanistic traditions. The show features archival photographs, sculptures, paintings, and drawings by members Said Atabekov, Smail Bayaliyev, Moldakul Narymbetov, Arystanbek Shalbayev, and Vitaliy Simakov.
Focus Kazakhstan is a component of “Modern Kazakh Culture in the Global World,” a Ruhani Zhangyru initiative of the Republic Of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Culture and Sports.
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(1) Kyzyl Tractor Art Collective, Red Bridge of Kyzyl Tractor, 2002. Performance. Documentary photo: B. Kairbekov, courtesy of the artists and Asia Contemporary Art Week 2018
(2) Kyzyl Tractor, Untitled, 2002. Performance. Documentary photo: B. Kairbekov, courtesy of the artists and Asia Contemporary Art Week 2018