Erbossyn Meldibekov
Seasons
2018
Acrylic on canvas, printed paper, ink, stamps
Dimensions variable

Erbossyn Meldibekov’s Seasons (2019) is a series of 10 postcards of paintings of images from popular public sites and monuments in Central Asia, showcasing the yearly cycle of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Culled from photographs from historical archives these images deconstruct the ideological resonance of architecture from a post-imperial lens by critiquing symptoms of political and social nostalgia connected with both the region’s Soviet and ancient past, which exist on continuous loop akin to the changing seasons echoed in the artwork’s title. Each postcard is individually numbered, stamped and sent via airmail to venues where the artist is exhibiting, echoing the practice of mail art, (a precedent to internet art) which became prevalent in the 1960s and is commonly associated with Fluxus artist On Kawara.

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