Press Releases : 2013/05

The Central Asian Pavilion at the 55th Biennale di Venezia, presented by Ayatgali Tuleubek and Tiago Bom

Published 2013/05/24

Ikuru Kuwajima, Astana’s Winter Urbanscape, sample from series of photographs. Courtesy of the artist



Curators: Ayatgali Tuleubek and Tiago Bom
Artists: Anton Rodin, Sergey Chutkov, Saodat Ismailova, Ikuru Kuwajima, Farukh Kuziev, Aza Shade

Exhibition Dates: 1 June – 24 November 2013

Palazzo Malipiero
San Marco 3079, 1st floor
Venice, Italy

Press Preview: 29 – 30 May 2013

Curators Ayatgali Tuleubek and Tiago Bom present the exhibition ‘WINTER’ as the official Central Asian representation at the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. The title is taken from a poem by Abay Qunanbaiuly, a poet and thinker from the 19th century with a great intellectual and influential legacy on the Central Asian region, through his work dealing with questions of social justice.

Tuleubek and Bom’s curatorial project for the exhibition aims to re-contextualise this poem into the current-day Central Asia. One of the questions raised by the exhibition is ‘How can the specificity of the local political and artistic context be approached in a way that transgresses common assumptions about authority and power?’

The curators state that ‘the project seeks to engage a variety of practices within the exhibition, the publication and a parallel programme of lectures, film screenings and conferences in Central Asia, Venice and Oslo. Our hope is to serve as a catalyst for a genuinely open public debate on issues such as the relation between art and power structures and its potential to have an impact on society’.

The works presented in the exhibition are by artists, poets, writers, activists and other cultural practitioners, selected through an open call, and are either born or based in Central Asia. The six participating artists come from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The exhibition is the result of a project initiated by the US-based Open Society Foundation and the Dutch-based Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos) with the Oslo Academy of the Arts as an administrative supporter of the curatorial team.

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About the Curators
Ayatgali Tuleubek (b.1985 in Zhambyl, Kazakhstan, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) holds a MFA from the Oslo Academy of the Arts. He has presented solo exhibitions at UKS in Oslo (2011) and Malmøgata Fine Arts Project Space in Oslo (2011). He has also been included in group exhibitions at the III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art in Moscow, Russia (2012), the National Center for Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg, Russia (2011) and the Delhi International Arts Festival in New Delhi, India (2010).

Tiago Bom (b.1986 in Lisbon, Portugal, lives and works in Oslo) holds a MFA from the Oslo Academy of the Arts. He has been included in exhibitions at the Centro Cultural Emmerico in Sines, Portugal (2011), the Museu do Oriente in Lisbon, Portugal (2009) and the EKA Sculpture Department Gallery in Tallinn, Estonia (2008).

Ayatgali Tuleubek and Tiago Bom’s participation in the Central Asian Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia has been supported by OCA’s International Support Programme.

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.