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INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC ART FESTIVAL

ART PROSPECT BISHKEK: BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO GREEN ZONES

 

22–24 September 2017

Gareev Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic

Ulitsa Akhunbaeva 1a/2

Ulitsa M. Gorkogo 212

 

The opening of the festival takes place at 6 pm on 22 September in the Gareev Botanical Garden, Ulitsa Akhunbaeva 1a/2

PROGRAM

Art Prospect is an annual festival of public art initiated by the non-profit organization CEC ArtsLink in 2012. The festival alters the customary urban landscape and fills streets, courtyards, parks and other public spaces with works of contemporary art. Between 2012 and 2016, Art Prospect was held in Saint Petersburg. In 2017 the festival is expanding its geography and will take place for the first time outside Russia – in the city of Bishkek.

The main venue chosen for the festival is the Gareev Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic. Created back before the Second World War, the garden is a unique research facility (the Botanical Garden occupies first place in Central Asia for the range of species growing there) and a precious public space. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, it suffered the fate of many state institutions: lack of finance, the pressures of the new free-market economy and, as a consequence, an attempt at “re-profiling”.

Despite all the difficulties, the staff of the garden preserved its unique collections of plants and the integrity of its territories. Through the efforts of local and international non-governmental and scientific organizations, a concept was formulated for its development as a unique “Asiatic mountain garden”. Thanks to the broad public response and the involvement of civil society, the people of the city have managed to breathe new life into the garden. The fight for the Botanical Garden is an example of the defence of public spaces in Bishkek and the festival is one more initiative aimed at supporting it.

The festival organizers and artists invite people to rethink areas in the Botanical Garden, using the devices of art, design and architecture, helping to create a setting for informal gatherings of Bishkekians of any age or grouping. The objects and installations are intended to become ideas–motifs that serve as the kernel for reflective consideration of “green zones” as a necessary part of public spaces – places not just for relaxation, but also for the discussion of burning issues and for the education of the city’s people.

Individual artists and teams from Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine and the USA are participating in the festival. Events will include master classes for young artists, meetings with artists and curators and tours of the festival objects.

 

Festival participants:

Sergei Shabokhin, Belarus

Katharina Stadler and Tornike Asabashvili, Georgia

Naili Vakkhaniya and Tamar Botchorishvili, Georgia

Gennady Popesku, Moldova

Kendal Henry, USA

Billy Dufala, USA

Meder Akhmetov, Kyrgyzstan

Zulaika Esentaeva, Kyrgyzstan

Nurlan Kalchinov, Kyrgyzstan

Veronika Kapishnikova, Kyrgyzstan

Emil Tilekov, Kyrgyzstan

Zhazgul Madazimova, Kyrgyzstan

Chinara Niyazova, Kyrgyzstan

MoveGreen youth ecological movement, Kyrgyzstan

Dara Turmagambetova, Kyrgyzstan

Kamilla Yusupova and Luka Adrekhal, Kyrgyzstan

Zhanna Tabyshalieva and Bakyt Sargazakov, Kyrgyzstan

Diana Rakhmanova, Kyrgyzstan

Atai Samyibek uulu, Adilet Nazyranbekov, Eldar Esen uulu, Kyrgyzstan

Aitegin Muratbek uulu and Zhanar Ubukeev, Kyrgyzstan

Zhanna Kadyrova, Ukraine

Maria Uvarova and Dima Fatum, Ukraine

 

Festival curators: Gulmar Kasmalieva, Muratbek Djumaliev

 

Festival organizers: ОО ArtEast with the support of CEC ArtsLink as part of the Art Prospect project.

 

Partners:

Gareev Botanical Garden, scientific research institute of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic

OF Initsiativa “Archa”

OF Yrgystan

Laboratoria ci

Bishkek Mayor's Office

Analytical Center «BizExpert»

Green Economy Kyrgyzstan

The Trust for Mutual Understanding

 

Contact for the media: Gulnara Chekirova. Tel.: 0555 15 77 35.