Esentai Gallery presents a group exhibition of contemporary art from the cycle "The Art of Dialogue" - Dialogue One: BATH STORIES, three young artists - Katya Kan (London), Aruzhan Zhumabek (Almaty), Kokonja (Astana).
The exhibition presents experimental works in different techniques and styles - graphics, painting on fabric, embroidery, video art, drawing.
The authors build a dialogue through their works created during the period of isolation and present the bathroom as a kind of existential symbol of the 2020 quarantine, where people can freely express their thoughts in an intimate space, without rushing, as usual, neither to work, nor to study and being in the liminal , undefined outer space.
Sitting in an old Soviet cast-iron bathtub in a rented apartment, the artists share with each other their memories of childhood, fears, modern illusions of the younger generation, patterns of the period of "life changes" or
"Development crises", reflect on the topic of modern femininity in the network and infantilism, associate liminality with changes in society of social statuses, values and norms, identity and self-awareness, talk about a new era of cultural expansion and its assimilation of new spaces and spheres of a person as a carrier of a new meaning and order.
Katya Kahn, 33 years old (London)
“As an example of globalization, I was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, my father is North Korean and my mother is Russian. Taking a quick glance at the former USSR, I had a nostalgic, contradictory perception of political and cultural systems. The image of Korea gives me a teasing, fragile and beautifully touching atmosphere. How so? Perhaps because my father, a native of Pyongyang, writes essays and existential articles about the Korean diaspora in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Deprived of my homeland - I focus my art on the themes of ethnic atomization, emptiness and nostalgia. Unable to fully assimilate with any culture, I find myself an outsider with an eclectic artistic taste. Art is the act of seeking, assembling, and perpetuating beauty. Through my artistic practice, I am recreating the state of inspiration and emancipation that I experienced as a child. My works seek to capture ephemeral impressions. The concepts that I explore in my work include globalization, observation, nostalgia, utopia, and eroticism. I have recently been involved in initiatives with the Royal Watercolor Society, Art Low, Art Wars in London, Red Dot Miami and Los Angeles. This year I will have exhibitions at 508 Kings Road in London, as well as at Untitled Space, New York Art Expo, Theresa Byrnes Gallery and Anise Salon in New York.
In a moment of self-isolation, I explore the notion of the performative nature of our identity, as well as the semiotics of language. I draw inspiration from the theories of the feminist essayist Judith Butler and the linguistic theorist Ferdinand de Saussure. I make a video about myself every day, acting out different characters and sorting out my own thoughts. Thus, I use my performance / video art as a means of self-discovery. I do euphoric dance, and every month I learn new hip-hop / street programs on YouTube to stay creative and muffle my voice of self-esteem. I would like the world to come into a greater sense of connectedness after the Covid-19 outbreak is over, through more charitable activities for the community, and I also learned a lesson from this self-isolation in terms of protecting the planet: travel only when necessary and only do the most necessary movements. As for my own contribution to society, I attended many private screenings before the pandemic, and now I have started making videos about self-therapy on social media to help myself and others feel better during self-isolation. I call this technique "Social Media Mirroring Technique" or SMMT - using Facebook and / or Instagram Live / Live options as a means of exploring ourselves and disrupting the longstanding cultural conditions that we are all victims of. In my free time, I enjoy watching independent films and cartoons from foreign artists, including Miyazaki, Tarkovsky and Wong Kar-Wai, and as a video artist I go to film festivals from Cannes to AFI. Beyond art, I am deeply inspired by the study of people: what makes them react in a certain way, and how their body language reflects their inner state. I am currently
I am studying RTT (Rapid Transformational Therapy) developed by world renowned psychologist Marisa Pierce. Peers force all of us to analyze our low self-esteem problems by using hypnotherapy and performing the “ladder technique” as we descend into our subconscious and unravel childhood memories that have given us certain negative judgments about ourselves, for example, “I'm not smart enough”, “ I am not worthy of love "," I am not enough ... "and so on. I started to apply this technique on my own to give free rein to my artistic practice, already with noticeable results.
" Aruzhan Zhumabek, 23 years old (Almaty)
She was born in the city of Taraz, lived most of her life in Astana. At this time he lives and works in Almaty. Graduated from the Eurasian National University named after L.M. Gumilyov, majoring in graphic design. However, he has been painting since childhood.
"In my artwork, I never plan what will come out in the end. I dissolve in the process of the work itself. As a child, I was a serious," comfortable child ", I was often called a" little woman. " Processes in which adults are involved, for animals and even flies. Very often I focus on the form, then the essence, and it develops into metaphors. The exhibition "Bathroom stories" presents a number of works created during the quarantine period, where I remember a lot from my childhood, I clearly remember a long table in the aul in Taraz, which was always ready for guests and for endless tea drinking, it was located on the street and never got ready. There were always dishes and food on the table, as well as flies ... they flew along their trajectories, from one object to another, completing a certain cycle. Flies are life. In my works, they often appear as a form, as a metaphor. "
KOKONJA, 24 years old (Astana)
"Kokonja" is pronounced, real name - Daria Nurtazina, self-taught artist, works in the textile technique, digital and develops in the direction of sound art. Grew up in the city of Akkol, Akmola region.
“Naive, personal identity are the main topics that interest me very much at the moment; I have also supported vegetarianism since 2015, and the topic of ecology, land and the role of animals is equally important to me both personally and in creativity. Since childhood, I was surrounded by threads and fabrics, since my mother is a seamstress by profession, using this medium, I mentally return to my childhood. In modern realities, it is difficult to find the truth. A huge flow of information, data, opinions in politics, economics, social processes. Who am I? What defines me today? What is Truth? These questions have troubled me for a long time and only now I clearly understand one thing, art is my path. I've always dreamed about it. I get to know myself and seek answers through art. "