Invitation to the Launching Conference of WINTER – Central Asian Pavilion

Invitation to the Launching Conference of WINTER – Central Asian Pavilion
at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2013
Artist talk and screening with Almagul Menlibayeva

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 5 pm
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

Protector of the Wasteland, 2010, Almagul Menlibayeva
Courtesy Priska C. Juschka Fine Art

The appointed curators, Oslo-based artists Ayatgali Tuleubek (Kazakhstan) and Tiago Bom (Portugal), commissioner Vanessa Ohlraun, dean of the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, and project leader Susanne M. Winterling, artist and professor at the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo will present their concept and program for the representation of Central Asia at this year’s 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Following an international call for curators for the Central Asian Pavilion that was initially commissioned by Hivos (Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation), the selected curators’ concept, entitled WINTER, will feature artists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

On the occasion of the event, Almagul Menlibayeva, Kazakh-born photography and video artist, will give a talk followed by a screening of two of her recent works and a conversation with Susanne M. Winterling. Almagul Menlibayeva (b. 1969) is an internationally renowned artist working between Kazakhstan and Berlin, whose work offers not only direct insight into the recent history of Central Asia, but also its cultural transformations and social aspirations. Through the subjective lens of poetical discourse, her work offers interpretations of the region’s current social realities. Menlibayeva’s use of the nomad heritage and the socialist past of Central Asia is evident, representing the multilayered religious, cultural and political reality of the region.

Program
4.30 pm Open doors / Accreditation for press members
5.00 pm Welcome speech: Mats Stjernstedt, director Kunstnernes Hus Oslo; Presentation of WINTER: Ayatgali Tuleubek and Tiago Bom, curators; Vanessa Ohlraun, commissioner and dean of the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo and Susanne M. Winterling, project leader and professor at the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo
6.00 pm Artist talk: Almagul Menlibayeva
7.00 pm Screenings: Transoxiana Dreams, 2011, 23’’ and Milk for Lambs, 2010, 11’’
7.45 pm Conversation with Almagul Menlibayeva and Susanne M. Winterling

Kunstnernes Hus
Wergelandsveien 17
0167 Oslo, Norway