• Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev, Untitled, 2005, color photograph, 15 3/4 x 23 5/8“. From the series ”New Menhirs," 2005.

    “Tracing Roads Through Central Asia”

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    701 Mission Street
    April 18–July 13, 2007

    As an exhibition usefully considered in tandem with Viktor Misiano’s “Time of the Storytellers” (at Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland), which features artwork emerging from the same general region, Berin Golonu and Elena Sorokina’s “Tracing Roads Through Central Asia” considers the beginnings of contemporary artists’ self-representation as nationalism gradually takes hold of societies in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse. The subsequent and often radically disjunctive meetings of ideological, ethnic, and economic pasts and possible futures in the creation of one’s own identity find expression in some twenty works by artists Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev; Victor Vorobiev and Elena Vorobyeva; Said Atabekov; and Ayguerim Isaabek.