Kazakh artists in Berlin
Kazakh artists are adopting the best practices of well-known German painters in Berlin. Their training schedules are busy as they are attending master classes, workshops and lectures, as well as art galleries, museums and outdoor painting events. The project is implemented as part of the ‘Modern Kazakh Culture in the Global World’ program. Berlin has always been considered the center of arts. Recently, Kazakh artists presented their new works created in Berlin.
YKYLAS SHAIKHIYEV, ARTIST:
- Berlin is rapidly developing in terms of art. Exhibitions are held here every day. I think I visited as many galleries as I have never visited in my entire life. There are some details that we underestimate, but Berliners take special care of these details. Looking at my old works, I can see that these details are missing.
Everybody is asking what is it? I reply that it is a traditional dwelling of the Kazakh nomads. And they say ‘Wow!’
Liliya Kim, just like other Kazakh artists, created many paintings in Berlin. Despite the European landscapes, the artist preferred the Kazakh traditional theme, such as steppes, yurts and portraits of women. The painter presented her abstract vision of the Mona Lisa and several installations in Berlin. Liliya's works sparked interest among the European visitors.
LILIYA KIM, MEMBER OF ARTISTS’ UNION OF KAZAKHSTAN:
- It is an incredible experience for all of us. The new way of thinking is the most important experience. We were immersed in transformation of our minds. It's amazing that while being away from Kazakhstan, I began loving and appreciating everything I received there, including experience. It’s incredible, that I want to talk more about Kazakhstan, because the values acquired there, have developed into the values that I adhere to today.
Kazakh artist Beibit Assemkul created three paintings in Berlin and is currently working on his fourth art work. According to art experts, his paintings presented a profound meaning and an unusual concept. His painting is hard to miss as it stands out among others. It is not just a white canvas, sized 4 by 2 meters, it's a big flag. It reflects the artist’s message of living in peace and ending conflicts.
BEIBIT ASSEMKUL, ARTIST:
- Although we are currently living in peace, we must remember the past and it’s my duty to remind what happened long ago. 1.4 million Kazakh people were involved in the Second World War. According to statistics and historical records, 410 thousand of them did not return home. I took a large canvas and wrote this number, as you can see. I glued the large black numbers to the canvas. The number of 1.4 million will stand out as a relief in the end, and afterwards I beat this number with the Kazakh whip, kamshy, which slightly deformed in the process. I calculate every blow and record it. At the moment, I have beat 175 thousand times so far and have to beat many more times.
The total of eight promising young Kazakh artists will take part in the art residency. Their best works will be presented to the German public at a large collective exhibition in September.