BIZ QARAPAYIM HALIQPIZ is a nineteenth solo exhibition of Saule Suleimenova that will centre around her new large-scale site-specific artwork produced based of a found photograph in a stock photo taken by unknown author on the Republican Square in Almaty, Qazaqstan.
Qandy Qañtar calls for new challenges in the artistic community of Qazaqstan especially in the realm of reflecting upon this complex, unsolved, and long lasting social injustice that cannot be dismissed by greater institutional powers. The complexity became more severe after the military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army soon after the Qandy Qañtar events. Inner and outer political ideologies collapse with less than two months apart challenging civil society to reinvent ethical and political frames in relation to imperialism, decolonial, language, and economy. That is why БІЗ ҚАРАПАЙЫМ ХАЛЫҚПЫЗ is not a regular solo exhibition exploring artistic practice within one artistic language, but rather a departing point for a series of panel discussions involving scholars, artists and curators.
Together we will attempt to find practical steps needed to, on the one hand, reflect upon events of Qandy Qañtarin in the scientific and academic setting, and, on the other hand, develop efficient instruments that will help the artistic community to articulate the global political agenda traumatic to many. From this perspective, Suleimenova's exhibition is a platform for engagement and communication - a place where viewers come not only to look at art, but to learn the broader context in which this art was created.
This almost therapeutic approach to curating aims to connect seemingly distant communities through culture and dialogue at the times of outrageous atomization of opinions among colleagues, friends and inside families. Among other things, the question we pose with this exhibition is if art can really be the 'bottom to top' tool for solving collective traumas caused by ' top to bottom' political structures.