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NOMAD. SHE IS NO MAD|Contemporary Art of Kyrgyzstan

24.10 - 07.11.2017

This year, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine mark 25 years of diplomatic relations. To celebrate, three renowned Kyrgyz artists -- Yuristanbek Shygaev, Aliya Shagieva, and Aigul Kas -- will present SHE IS NO MAD, an exhibition that celebrates the mystical and ancient nomadic culture and the role of women in the traditions of Kyrgyzstan.

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YURISTANBEK SHYGAEV
Yuristanbek Shygaev is one of the most outstanding artists of Kyrgyzstan and the Director of the National Museum of Fine Arts.
Shygaev is one of the first artists who brought modern art sensibilities to Kyrgyzstan. Graduate of the I. E. Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of the USSR Arts Academy (Saint Petersburg) and of the Creative Studio of the USSR Academy of Arts (Bishkek), he is one of the first artists who brought to Kyrgyzstan innovative styles of fine arts, such as pop art, vanguard, and other mixed techniques.
Yuristanbek Shygaev presented his works in famous galleries all around the world and received awards from China, Bangladesh, South Korea and other countries. As an artist, Shygaev is considered a master storyteller of ancient Kyrgyz myths. He shapes the legends and heritage of the people by layering geographical, philosophical, religious, and national symbols and signs to create rich, abstract canvases that have won him international praise.


ALIYA SHAGIEVA
Up until now, Aliya was hiding behind the technique, ensuring the technique of details, while the graphics were remaining “dry” and silent. The works, created and presented specifically for this exhibition, show the smooth transition in her art from old to new, enabling the audience with the Feeling. A well-crafted technique is not as important as the ability to convey senses.
"The image of elusive beings, called Sensations, is something magical for me. I am happy that I can touch the magic of feelings in everyday life and happy to be a creature, endowed with the ability to Feel."


AIGUL KASYMOVA (AIKA KASYM)
Born in the Issyk Kyl region of Kyrgyzstan in 1985, Aigul Kasymova who uses the pseudonym Aika Kasym, now lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated from the American University of Central Asia and received her MSc from the University of Edinburgh focusing on language and identity. The main theme in her work is human identity. Having worked in the development sector for more than seven years, Kasymova explores the notion of identity, whether it be personal, social, ethnic or national.
Through her work, which mostly involves acrylic, watercolor on paper as well as mixed media, artist attempts to explore the notion of ‘nomadism’.
Having traveled extensively and lived and worked in conflict-torn countries such as Kosovo and Afghanistan, exploration of this notion is also an assessment of self for the artist. Kasymova is quite experimental and uses distorted shapes as well as words to convey her message across. Kasymova is currently working on her next 10 piece collection which will give an audience a glimpse into artist’s interpretation of classic Kyrgyz Soviet films such as Djamilya and First Teacher as well as later films such as Beshkempir.

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