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Postnomadic Reality

Gulnur Mukazhanova

30.06.2016 - 14.08.2016



The works for the first solo exhibition of Gulnur Mukazhanova in the Artwin Gallery in Moscow — entitled Postnomadic Reality — will be linked by the use of a material: felt. Felt and silk are materials that we strongly connect with Central Asia. The first one for being the material used by Kazakh nomads to create carpets called Tekemets, the second one as being the trade product that initiated and gave its name to the famous Silk Road. Felt is to be found in Gulnur Mukazhanova’s sculptures, photographs and canvases. For example she uses felt to create a mask that people will simply hold over their faces in a series of photographs titled Global Society. By this gesture, the artist hides and erases the identity of her models and they become anonymous. But their environment is still visible. A table, frames hanging on the wall, objects, wallpaper, buildings or landscape, all those elements are creating the decor in which the almost anonymous characters are appearing. And one tries to figure out which image was done in Europe, which one in Central Asia. We suddenly understand that the world around us tells more about us than our face and expressions.