Central Asia

When Nations Stink

This is not a national representation. Neither is it the result of “regional cooperation” among poor states valiantly setting aside differences to establish a shared presence in expensive Venice. This is a pavilion of resistance.

The Central Asian “nations,” whose borders were drawn by Stalin and whose identity was fabricated by Soviet cultural planners, have been ruled by dictators since independence – more than twenty years ago. They did not want this Pavilion.

Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the Uzbek dictator, is furious. Karimova, who goes by her stage name of “Googoosha” and prides herself on her cultural sensitivity, would have liked her “cultural NGO,” the so-called Forum Fund, to organize a proper national representation.

Instead, two Western organizations with a solid implantation in the region hijacked the propaganda vehicle and handed over the wheel to a young curatorial duo. Curators Bom and Tuleubek selected artists from four of the five Central Asian states, artists who would never be sanctioned by their governments.

Is this indeed the post-national pavilion, where a first front of resistance against state propaganda becomes manifest? Or have artists and curators used the escape from dictatorial propaganda to align with the generic jet-set aesthetics of international art world?

Ibrahim Quraishi and Robert Kluijver

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Pavilion

Organizer/Commissioner:
Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS) (charitable organization)
Artists:
Vyacheslav Akhunov; Saodat Ismailova; Kamilla Kurmanbekova; Erlan Tuyakov; Ikuru Kuwajima; Anton Rodin; Sergey Chutkov; Aza Shade
Curators:
Ayatgali Tuleubek; Tiago Bom
Budget provided by the state:
€0
Open Call?
Yes
Selection procedure:
Dutch aid organisation HIVOS issued an open call after which a jury selected the curators and artists. The Academy of Fine Art / Oslo National Academy of the Arts acts as implementing institution. The governments of the represented nations (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) have no organizational or financial role in the project.

Curator

Name:
Ayatgali Tuleubek
Gender:
Male
Born:
Kazakhstan, 1985
Lives and works in:
Norway
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Curator

Name:
Tiago Bom
Gender:
Male
Born:
Portugal, 1986
Lives and works in:
Norway
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Sergey Chutkov
Gender:
Male
Born:
Tajikistan, 1984
Lives and works in:
Tajikistan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Artist

Name:
Anton Rodin
Gender:
Male
Born:
Tajikistan, 1988
Lives and works in:
Tajikistan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Artist

Name:
Ikuru Kuwajima
Gender:
Male
Born:
Japan, 1984
Lives and works in:
Kazakhstan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Artist

Name:
Erlan Tuyakov
Gender:
Male
Born:
Kazakhstan, 1985
Lives and works in:
Kazakhstan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Artist

Name:
Kamilla Kurmanbekova
Gender:
Female
Born:
Kazakhstan, 1986
Lives and works in:
Kazakhstan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Artist

Name:
Saodat Ismailova
Gender:
Female
Born:
Uzbekistan, 1981
Lives and works in:
France and Uzbekistan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Artist

Name:
Vyacheslav Akhunov
Gender:
Male
Born:
Kyrgyzstan, 1948
Lives and works in:
Uzbekistan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
2
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Artist

Name:
Aza Shade
Gender:
Female
Born:
Former USSR , 1988
Lives and works in:
The United Kingdom
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Not represented by a gallery

Politics & Economics

Population (World Bank, 2011):
No data
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
No data
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
No data

Alliances


Coalition of the Willing
IMF debt
World Bank debt
Non-Aligned Movement
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Former Warsaw Pact
WTO

Conflicts

Country independent since:
1991 (from USSR)
Last Major Border Revision:
Ongoing border disputes
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
No ranking
Nuclear Force?
No
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:
Organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch report various voilations of human rights in the four Central Asian countries. The countries furthermore face border disputes, outbreaks of ethnic voilence and military clashes with armed non-state Islamist groups. The region is the scene of rivalry between the USA and Russia over dominance of the area as both powers have military bases is the region.
Participation in Multinational Missons:
Kyrgyzstan: UN peacekeeping missions in Darfur, Liberia, and Sudan. Tajikistan: UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur.