ACAW 2018 Signature Exhibition

Presented by ACAW in collaboration with the National Museum of Kazakhstan
Hosted at Mana Contemporary
12-6pm | Opening Reception
3pm | Live Performance


Focus Kazakhstan–Thinking Collections: Telling Tales explores the concept of “artists as the first collectors” with an unprecedented survey exhibition of Kazakhstan’s most celebrated art collective, Kyzyl Tractor. Noted for their feverish experimentations in the mid 1990’s and early 2000’s, their work continues to chronicle Kazakhstan’s seismic socio-economic, ecological and political shifts in juxtaposition with their signature conceptual and aesthetic appropriations of the region’s nomadic, Sufi, and Shamanistic philosophical traditions. The exhibition will highlight founding member Moldakul Narymbetov, in addition to staging a monumental new work and live performances by collective members: Said Atabekov, Smail Bayaliyev, Vitaliy Simakov, and Arystanbek Shalbayev.
As part of Focus Kazakhstan, a multicity cultural initiative (Berlin, London, New York, and Suwon, Korea) organized in association with the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, within the framework of the Ruhani Zhangyru initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan: “Modern Kazakh Culture in the Global World.”
Curated by Leeza Ahmady with Assistant Curator, Vladislav Sludskiy
On view at Exhibition Hall 307 (third floor, main building of Mana) through November 30th.

Mana Contemporary —888 Newark Ave, Jersey City
Free Shuttle Service will be provided from Manhattan to Jersey City. More information will be published soon.**


Caption: Moldakul Narymbetov, The Aral Sea, 1989, 83×105 cm, oil on canvas