Friday, January 11, 2008

OLD/NEW ROUTES - A Selection of Video Art From Central Asia


A Selection of Video Art From Central Asia

Participating Artists: Abilsait Atabekov, Erbolsin Meldibekov and
Alexandr Ugay from Kazakhstan, Veaceslav Ahunov, Serghei Ticina from
Uzbekistan, Ulan Djaparov, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev
from Kyrgyzstan

Curated by Stefan Rusu

Opening: January 11th, 2008, Friday 18:30

Exhibition dates: January 12th - 20th, 2008 (11:00 - 18:00)

Lecture: January 14, 11 am

Venue: BizArt Art Center

4/f, Bldg 7, 50 Moganshan Road, 200060 Shanghai

Tel: 86 21 62775358,

Li Xuehui:

Alexia Dehaene:

Old/New Routes is an exhibition and publication that explores the
nomad specificity of the Islamic states after the collapse of Soviet
Union. An overview of the present situation of the Central Asian
context by an external viewer becomes imperative; this visual material
compiled by a guest curator creates a retrospective look at the
internal and evolving processes of the socio-political and cultural

Overlapping networks and the relationship between the archaic-nomadic
and the present-day post-industrial traditions provide a synthetic
equation and an extraordinary cultural load. The re-use of tradition
in these artists' practices become the necessary tool for articulation
of contemporary art discourse to establish the nods of resistance
against inertia, apathy and historical amnesia.

The project's first edition that took place in Croatia, Poland, and
Germany promoted the positions of Asian artists and enabled cultural
exchange between the contemporary art practitioners from Europe and
Central Asia. The project's current version as presented in
Shanghai, China at BizArt Center intends to open up the process of
cultural exchange between China and Central Asia and show a number of
diverse positions on the Asian identity, with a special focus on video
production from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

About the Curator:

Stefan Rusu is artist and freelance curator based in Chisinau, Moldova
currently he is the projects coordinator at the Center for
Contemporary Art/Chisinau. In 2005/2006 he attended the Curatorial
Training Program at Shtichting De Appel from Amsterdam where he
co-curated Mercury in Retrograde (

About ArtHub

ArtHub Foundation not-for-profit organization that supports
contemporary art creation

in China and the rest of Asia

Organized under the auspices of Defne Ayas as part off the partnership between Arthub and Prince Claus Fund, the Netherlands Network partners 2008-2010

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