Almagul Menlibayeva || Yerbossyn Meldibekov
Hosted by: Aspan Gallery
This exhibition has already taken place
For their first project in the UK, Aspan Gallery present a duo exhibition by two of Central Asia's most prominent contemporary artists, Almagul Menlibayeva and Yerbossyn Meldibekov.
The exhibition title, Almagul Menlibayeva: It's Easy to Be a Line / Yerbossyn Meldibekov: It's Difficult to Be a Point, comes from a phrase by an important Soviet avant-garde artist Sergey Kalmykov (1891-1967): “It's difficult to be a point - it's easy to be a line, as everything in our world is moving”. Kalmykov moved in the 1930s from Moscow to Almaty, where he was able to paint his imaginary parallel universes with fantastical creatures, far removed from the Socialist Realist constraints imposed by the Soviet State. Kalmykov was an important historical figure, and whilst under recognised, the fact of his existence itself had a tremendous impact on the development of the contemporary art scene in Central Asia.
Pictured from left to right:
Almagul Menlibayeva, Madonna of the Great Steppe, 2009
Almagul Menlibayeva, Children of Peri, 2008
Almagul Menlibayeva, Apa, 2003
During the struggle between the colonies of Britain, Russia and China in Central Asia, there was one city that had a strategic importance. Transport nodes of Central Asia, the blood circulation of the whole body took place, were connected at one point in the city centre.
About the Hosts
In 2015, the gallery initiated a series of mid-career retrospectives from a number of Central Asian contemporary artists, held jointly by the A. Kasteev Museum of Arts and Aspan Gallery in Almaty. These were the first museum shows in Central Asia of these artists who, although internationally acclaimed, are little-known in their home countries.
The gallery's focus on Central Asian contemporary art is complemented by its international programme which will introduce a wide range of contemporary art to Central Asia and provide a platform for its understanding and appreciation. It believes in the capacity of art to develop critical and creative thinking, and through that, to transform and open up society.