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Erbossyn Meldibekov
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Born in 1964 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, Erbossyn Meldibekov graduated from the Almaty Theatre and Art Institute, where he currently lives and works.

Through drawing, installation, painting, photography and video, his practice explores the role of visual culture in the dissemination of power in Post-Soviet Central Asia, following the region’s independence from Russian imperialism in 1991.

For more than two decades he has created a unique practice that critiques the role of architecture, monumentality and values systems in the public domain. His practice reveals the region’s complex position, which exists at the intersection of Stalin’s totalitarian regime, the shadow of heroes of the epic past, and an ongoing legacy of the “Great Game” implicating neighboring Afghanistan’s historical and current role in the stability of the region.

Illuminating several of his conceptual inquiries concerning the role of architecture is the photographic series Family Album (2009-11). Within this series he collates photographs of his family against public monuments in the region taken before and after the collapse of the USSR, documenting the eradication of Lenin and Stalin’s image from the public space, and their replacement with national heroes such as Tamerlane or Genghis Khan, as a means of controlling the masses away from Soviet dogmas towards patriotic nostalgic pilgrimage.

Through the use of irony and dark humor Meldibekov explores the scared and the profane and the relationship between the two nemesis: communism and Islam to tease out cultural and social discrepancies and the inherent contradictions that exist between the two.

He has exhibited internationally, with recent notable exhibitions including Punk Orientalism, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, Canada, (2019); Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum, Suwon I’Park Museum of Art, Suwon, Korea (2018); Eternal Return, Suns and Neons above Kazakhstan, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku (2017); Eternal Return, A. Kasteev Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan (2015); the 6th Moscow Biennale (2015); the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) and the Central Asia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011 and 2015).

Selected Works
Family Album, ed. 3/5
2007
Photo album including 11 framed photographs
Photo Album: 31 x 33cm
Grandfather and Child (Three Sculptures)
2011
Bronze
Size variable
German Hope, edition 4/5
2007
Wood chair and matches
My Brother, My Enemy, edition 1/5
2000
Digital photograph
100 x 137 cm
Seasons in the Hindu Kush - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
2009
Mixed media installation
Various sizes
Pedestal
2016
Wood sculpture
70 x 21 x 15 cm (27 ½ x 8 x 6 in)
Brand
2015
Branding on leather
Size Variable
Game
2017
5 handmade rubics cubes, red, black and green colors with Braille
6 x 6 x 6 cm
Seasons
2018
Acrylic on canvas, printed paper, ink, stamps
Dimensions variable
Exhibitions
Seasons
May 25
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Jul 6, 2019
Mountains Of Revolution
Apr 5
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May 3, 2014
The (Dis)order of Things
Aug 26
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Sep 25, 2009