City Nomads Is An Exhibition Of Contemporary Kazakhstani Creative Talents
23 JUNE – 23 SEPTEMBER 2016 / LONDON / UK
City Nomads is an exhibition of contemporary Kazakhstani creative talents emerging in an era of a newfound independence. The projects brought together in this showcase all embody a shared desire to search for a new identity through an investigation of the pre-Soviet Kazakh nomadic roots.
Against a background of global change and centuries of colonial rule Kazakhstan has had to quickly adapt to the realities of becoming a 21st Century nation. In the 1990’s, immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was no time for deep reflection. Today we see the first generation of Kazakhstanis for almost one hundred years to be born into an independent country to freely begin to rethink the past and refer to it as a source of inspiration and strength. For this generation there was no iron curtain between Kazakhstan and the rest of the world. They naturally own instruments offered by global society, access to which had previously been prohibited and punishable by law.
We are now seeing the first manifestations of creative independence. At the forefront of this movement are representatives of the creative industries. Sensitive to change, creative people are always quick to perceive and react to new situations. They study the legacy of the past, they rethink it and move it on, recognising the lessons and achievements in their work: photographers looking for traces of a nomadic past in portraits of their fellow citizens; fashion designers reinterpreting traditional costume into new forms; film-makers experiencing a new way of telling an honest story, not burdened by official censors; and industrial designers are experimenting with materials and functions of objects.
Time 10.00 – 17.00, Monday – Friday
Date 23 June – 23 September 2016
Location British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London, UK
“Integration, without doubt, is one of the most important vectors of development of the cultural industry as a whole. For this reason City Nomads offers British viewers the chance to see examples of almost every art form produced in Kazakhstan in a single exhibition. Our goal is to open up a wide and long-lasting channel of communication between our two countries so that we can be nomads together.”