Textures Of Grieving
Opening: Saturday 5 May, 6-9pm
During 1920-1930, the sovietisation of Central Asia had brought significant changes to societies which lead to the ‘unveiling’ of their physical and mental states: erasing traditions and removing religion from the cultural memory, triggering the emancipation and liberation of Central Asian women and as a result the loss of their identity. Shadenova questions in the absurdist manner whether the Soviet ideology was beneficial for Central Asia or is it responsible for the slow shrinking of the Central Asian ethnicity rooted by homogenising people into a single “national unit”.
This commission has enabled Shadenova to revisit her unrealised project which was intended to be 5 times the size of the gallery installation, to be staged and scattered on the grounds of the Aral Sea.
Gallery image credits: Nina Shen-Poblete