A Thousand Square Meters of Contemporary Art
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) --
Around 500 people came together on 16 August at Tashkent`s Youth Creativity Palace to attend the opening ceremony of Navqiron O’zbekiston (Young Uzbekistan) Festival of Traditional and Contemporary Art, a biennial event organized by the Fund Forum and the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan.
The primary goal of the project is to discover and support young artists and masters of applied art. As many as 300 such artists applied to the Festival`s Organizing Committee to get the opportunity to showcase their artistic endeavors. On display are over 1,000 works.
The exhibition is divided into 4 sections: architectural projects, applied art, clothing design, and fine and contemporary art.
The first section offers a series of architectural projects of various categories. Among them are: a toy store modeled on a fairy-tale castle; a modern cinema; a water stadium which, by virtue of its streamlined shape, is reminiscent of a sea ray; a croissant-shaped contemporary art showroom, an installation youth park; an ecological center as well as works reflecting a futuristic Khorezm, among others.
The second section presents what Uzbekistan is famed for worldwide: applied art as understood by young masters. Rishtan blue ceramics, lacquered miniature works, Ferghana repoussé, carved wooden boxes, intricate shapes made of dried pumpkins, knitted pictures, jewelry pieces by Tashkent and Andijan masters, Bukhara golden embroidery, black-and, color and pale suzani, two purling ceramic springs and a body of other clay items.
The third section of the exhibition is a veritable costume party featuring dozens of models from collections “Timurids` Princesses”, “Spring”, “Bukhara Flowers”, “Breath of the Orient”, “The Legends of Bashkiria”, “National Mongolian Costume”, etc. Here visitors may find dresses for princesses and women of different ages, naughty-looking short Bashkirian dresses, bright exuberant costumes of Surkhandarya, dark attire from Bukhara, cowboy outfits from Safari Collection, feathered American Indian items from ECO-collection.
Shakhzod Shakhobiddinov (22, Tashkent), clothing design, Collection “Breath of the Orient”: - I have submitted five works to be showcased at the Festival made in national and contemporary styles, which I have tried to combine. The jury selected three of these. I`m happy to be participating in the Festival. Every visitor is impressed by the quality and uniqueness of the works. Here, eastern charm and western practicality have blended into one. In 2001, I presented a collection of items made from atlas, adras, shoi and silk. I would like to thank the Fund Forum for its support of our endeavors.
Fine and Contemporary Art – the fourth section of the exhibition – occupies the entire 2nd floor of the Youth Creativity Palace and probably draw the most visitors. Where else could one see pencils as tall as humans? A “forest” composed of pillars cluttered with ads glued on them. Planet Earth with people made of threads. A self-awareness room in pink hues. A humongous mouse trap which could capture a Yeti. A bridge put together from videotapes. An installation “Understanding White” reminiscent of a giant Christmas-tree decoration. Symbols of Uzbek culture – skullcaps, suzani, piolas (cups) in white sand. A plastic vision of Tashkent. Flowers interwoven with metal. A framed picture with ominous spikes. A present as big as a room with a ribbon bow tempting visitors to undo it and peek inside… All these exhibits are attracting throngs of people.
Other types of art represented at the Festival are photography, graphics, painting, sculpting and batik. Add to that a dance performance as well as screens showing video clips featuring diverse themes.
Pavel Makarov (23, Tashkent), sculptor: - This is the first time I have participated in such a big project. This festival is indeed geared from young artists and masters. I make things from metal, rocks, wood, chamotte and car spare parts. For me this event is an opportunity to look at yourself from the sidelines, to evaluate your capabilities, and to see what other are creating. When you get used to working alone, it`s hard to be objective. Therefore, this kind of projects helps you to move on, boost your artistic level and get inspiration. I like to watch professionals at work and learn from them. You just can`t afford to stop in arts.
Focusing on every single work and artistic idea will take hours. Navqiron O’zbekiston is a place where young masters and centuries-old traditions converge just as do modern views and historical axioms.
The awards ceremony of the Festival will take place on 23 August 2010 at the Youth Creativity Palace.