Andakulova Gallery presents the exhibition ‘Between Fiction and Dreams’, where for the first time you can see paintings by three young artists from Terra incognita – the legendary land of Karakalpakstan. Since the middle of the last century, this Central Asian republic unexpectedly became known thanks to the Savitsky Museum, which collected banned Soviet art, and the disappearing Aral Sea. Today, a new generation of young artists declares that contemporary art is becoming a marker of their country. The exhibition will be open to view from 23 February 2024 and will run till 23 May 2024 at Andakulova Gallery, Damac Park Towers, DIFC, Dubai, UAE.

Bakhtiyar Serekeyev, Timur Shardimetov and Salomat Babajanov are bright representatives of Karakalpakstan, who received higher education at the K. Behzad National Institute of Arts and Design in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Since the 2010s, their generation has been shaping the face of the new national painting. They introduced the rebellious spirit of expressionism and uninhibited painting into local art, which was very traditional in themes and intonations.

Each of them can transform the most personal, the most terrible, the most beautiful into the powerful energy of color, sometimes dark, sometimes bright, lighting up with unexpected colors. This is confessional art and that is why it is attractive. After all, today, when everything can be printed on a 3D printer, there is a longing and craving for such painting. The artists’ work within the confines of figurativeness, filling with their intonations and approaches the expressionistic method and surreal stream of consciousness, techniques of the masters of the London School.

Paintings by Bakhtiyar Serekeev, Timur Shardimetov and Salamat Babajanov open up space for unexpected interpretations. Depending on the context, intellectuals see them as heroes of Stanley Kubrick’s films, while other viewers are plunged headlong into a world full of otherworldly whispers, mysterious symbols or parodies.

The exhibition ‘Between Fiction and Dreams’ will certainly make you shake yourself up, lose your peace for a while, wandering between fantasies and reality. Maybe it will make you think about the frightening transience of life, in which we suddenly find ourselves close to something invisible, some other world, far from the banal everyday life. In any case, it will become a very symbolic and significant event.

Andakulova Gallery has successfully opened and presented to viewers in the Middle East the most striking phenomena of art from Central Asia. Exhibition projects reflect the basic principles of its modern culture – openness, dynamics of development and the desire for dialogue between cultures.

About Andakulova Gallery

Andakulova Gallery, Dubai, is an art gallery whose objective is to promote Central Asia’s contemporary visual arts. It serves as a platform to exhibit and support emerging to mid-market contemporary artists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan (or the ‘Stans’), across a variety of media.

Founded by Natalya Andakulova, also among gallery goals is to cultivate a dialogue between Central Asia and the Middle East by re-introducing the art of the ‘Stans’ to the artistic hub of Dubai. The gallery does this by building academic and professional relationships between artists, writers, art specialists, and collectors.

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