Né à Bes Terek (), vit à Shymkent ().
Said Atabekov is an artist from Shymkent in the south of Kazakhstan, a region that has preserved its Asian heritage to a greater extent than the country’s northern regions have. After his studies, Atabekov became a member of the Red Tractor group, the first artists’ collective set up in the area after the Perestroika. Through performances, videos and installations, the group questions the archetypes of Central Asian culture: myth, religion, pantheist rites, nature and shamanism. Atabekov alternately employs video and photography to communicate the post-modern paradox, where the symbols of globalization insert themselves into locations that are extremely isolated and still firmly anchored in local tradition. Key elements of the artist’s work include national identity and character, the conflict between man and nature, and the conflict between tradition and innovation.
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Constellation of Chingizk...
Said Atabekov, Constellation of Chingizkhan, 2009. Photography, c-print on di-bond, 21 x (50 x 50 cm).
Said Atabekov, Southern Cross, 2009. Photography, c-print on di-bond, 21 x (50 x 50 cm).
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LATT: Europe at Large #1 ...
11 September 2009 - 08 November 2009.
Since the collapse of the USSR, the European horizon in that direction has remained limited to Russia. We know very little about what is happ
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EUROPE AT LARGE
During the past decade the M HKA has paid enduring attention to that part of Europe that was excluded from the reconstruction of Europe afte
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public