©image: Haupt & Binder
1948 - 2008
Born in Tashkent (UZ), died in Almaty (KZ).
Rustam Khalfin is considered a pioneer of Kazakhstan’s contemporary art scene. After graduating from the Moscow Architecture Institute, he moved to St. Petersburg in the 1980s where he became involved in the circle surrounding Vladimir Sterligov – a close associate of Kazimir Malevich. Later on he broke off with their formative traditions and moved towards a more contemporary art practice, introducing performance art in Kazakhstan. Khalfin employed a variety of subjects in his work, including the history of Central Asia, the pre-Islamic history of Kazakhstan, nomad traditions, perception and the inner workings of mind, among others.
>Rustam Khalfin & Yuliya Tikhonova, Pulota, 1990.Installation, 125 x 20 x 2,7 cm, 64 x 74 x 2,7 cm, 24 x 500 x 2,7 cm, 81 x 78 x 2,7 cm, 24 x 20 x 2,7 cm, 60 x 117 x 2,7 cm, 197 x 68 x 2,7 cm.
>Rustam Khalfin & Yuliya Tikhonova, Northern Barbarians, part 2: Love Races, 2000.Video, dvd, 00:07:00.
>Rustam Khalfin & Yuliya Tikhonova, Northern Barbarians, part 1: Bride and Groom, 2000.Video, dvd, 00:11:00.
> Exhibition: LATT: Europe at Large #6 Rustam Khalfin & Almagul Menlibayeva. 16 July 2010 - 29 August 2010.
> Exhibition: Le Pont. 25 May 2013 - 20 October 2013.
> Exhibition: The Melancholy of Resistance. 06 November 2010 - 03 January 2011.
> Exhibition: Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp. 31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.
> Ensemble: actie.
> Ensemble: EUROPE AT LARGE.
> Ensemble: Northern Barbarians.
> Ensemble: NUCLEUS.
> Ensemble: Permanent Collection / Fluxus.
> Ensemble: Politics of Experience.