FOCUS KAZAKHSTAN – Thinking Collections: Telling Tales

May 30, 2019 - filed under Announcements,Past Events   

Oct 14 – Nov 30, 2018

Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

Said Atabekov, Genghis Khan’s Clothes (Coat), 2013, Fabric, cotton, sintepon


Curated by Leeza Ahmady and Vlad Sludisky

Focus Kazakhstan–Thinking Collections: Telling Tales explores the concept of “artists as the first collectors” with an unprecedented survey exhibition of Kazakhstan’s most celebrated art collective, Kyzyl Tractor. Noted for their feverish experimentations in the mid 1990’s and early 2000’s, their work continues to chronicle Kazakhstan’s seismic socio-economic, ecological and political shifts in juxtaposition with their signature conceptual and aesthetic appropriations of the region’s nomadic, Sufi, and Shamanistic philosophical traditions. The exhibition will highlight founding member Moldakul Narymbetov, in addition to staging a monumental new work and live performances by collective members: Said Atabekov, Smail Bayaliyev, Vitaliy Simakov, and Arystanbek Shalbayev.
Focus Kazakhstan is implemented by the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan in association with the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan within the framework of the program, Ruhani Zhangyru. Head of the project – Leonid Kochetov, deputy director of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the curator of Focus Kazakhstan is Roza Abenova, Head of Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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On Saturday, November 17th, Mana Contemporary held an EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH & OPEN FORUM with a group of esteemed Respondents-arts professionals from various contemporary art arenas who will discuss the exhibition’s significance and timely presentation in Jersey City in relationship to larger discourses taking place across Asia and the world.

Participated Respondents:

Livia Alexander(Curator, Writer, Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University), Daniela Bertol (Research Artist, Scholar, Designer, and Author), David Borgonjon (Writer and Curator), Beth Citron (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Rubin Museum), Jin Coleman (Art Advisor), Christina Davis (Independent Curator, Researcher), Jeanne Finley (Media Artist), Lydia Matthews (Professor of Visual Culture at the New School), Robert Lee (Executive Director & Curator of Asian American Arts Centre), Rashmi Viswanathan (Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Contemporary Art at Parsons), Christina Yang (Director of Education and Public Programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Raul Zamudio (Curator, Writer), Amy Zion(Curator, Writer)

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