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Alex Ulko continues his series of works about Central Asian architecture. Today he will discuss highly important architectural forms as statues and sculptures erected in the past 20 or so years across the region.
Second article written by Alex Ulko from the series about the architecture of Central Asia. In the new part the author analyzes the “frozen music,” which was born in modern society
Interested in Central Asia and engaged in social media? Not from the region but fascinated by what it has to offer and wanting to find out through images on the web? Then there might be e website out there just for you…
Alex Ulko, NewEurasia’s special blogger, begins a series of publications on the architecture of Central Asia. The reasons for the mass destructions in region, cultural analysis and exclusive photos – in the first article
On January 19, in Moscow anti-fascists will start demonstration in memory of community activists – lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova. The main slogan of the action – “For freedom against fascism” and “Moscow – anti-fascist town!”. Demostration will be organized by the anti-fascist group called the “Committee of 19 January.”
This year the “Committee of 19 January” has prepared stickers using more than 10 languages of the former Soviet Union with the main slogan of the action – “For Freedom! Against fascism.” Stickers are in Armenian, Belarusian, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Moldovan, Russian, Tajik, Uzbek, Ukrainian languages.
Activists were contacted with citizens of Central Asia, and provided them with an opportunity to express their solidarity. Different designers from CA countries prepared their stickers (with design and slogan in their native language). Stickers were printed out and circulated in Moscow. You can see in our gallery stickers in Kyrgyz, Tajik and Kazakh.
Lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova were murdered by the Russian neo-Nazis on January 19, 2009. Killer sentenced to long terms. It is murder – the most prominent one, but not the only one in a series of neo-Nazi crimes. Dozens, if not hundreds, of people (there are no exact statistics) – social activists, experts, workers – were killed by the Nazis in Russia over the last decade, according to the site 19jan.ru. Now January 19 is the unofficial day of the memory of all victims of fascists and nazis in Russia.
Speaking frankly, I’m not just glad 2012′s over, I’m relieved. Wow, what a tough year it’s been for NewEurasia, both in front and behind the computer screen. I guess you can say we went through our own private little Mayan apocalypse, although it happened well before 21 December. But I’m happy to report that we appear to have pulled through, and with a new team to boot!
Editor’s note: NewEurasia already written about the Open Central Asian literary forum. Our special blogger Alex Ulko gives his opinion on the event and on the development of Central Asian art in general
In 2005 the Russian curator Victor Miziano spoke of Central Asian culture and art as of the only unclearly marked areas on the map of the world’s contemporary art. This begs a legitimate question whether anything has changed over seven years which is a long period of time from a contemporary art’s perspective. Actually, not much. We have been waiting for years for a decisive moment to come when Central Asia would suddenly surface as the new Other, unknown until that time in the West, when it would unexpectedly evoke some special interest, but this breakthrough has not come yet. Some occasional names and random works get a mention or two somewhere but so far Central Asian art has not really emerged on the international scene.
Editor’s Note: С Новым Годом и Рождеством Христовым (немного раньше, я знаю)! It’s that time again, when we present our seasonal classic post about a certain cultural icon… Originally published in 2010, our post on Ded Moroz is one of NewEurasia’s most read posts. So, why break with tradition? ;-)
Even though it’s still two weeks before the Orthodox Christmas; even though our readership is overwhelmingly Islamic; and even though I’m a Baha’i, nevertheless, I wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, there’s a very serious issue I would like to address today, and that is why the Slavic world’s Ded Moroz is more badass than the Western world’s Santa Claus. I mean, besides the fact that his name sounds like “Dead Morose” to my American ears, bringing to mind 80s Hair Metal and all the infinite, eternal glory that comes with it. But really, this is a very scientific argument I’m going to make. Let’s begin.
NewEurasia’s special blogg Alex Ulko reports on the hard life of Uzbek labour migrants in Russia. “What I could not remember was whether Dante required those stuck in limbo to abandon hope or not,” he writes.
More than 1,300 people attended 30 events in Bishkek as part of Kyrgyzstan’s first such forum, opened by ex-President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Roza Otunbayeva, and with appearances by international literary stars including Janusz Leon Wisniewski (Poland), Hamid Ismailov (UK and Uzbekistan), and Elchin Safarli (Azerbaijan).
The winner of the festival’s literary contest, Zarina Karayeva, and forum organiser Marat Akhmedjanov appeared on the breakfast show of Kyrgyzstan’s NTS television station on 26 November, with coverage also featuring in 20 other media including Vechernii Bishkek, the BBC World Service, K-News, News Asia, The Times of Central Asia, Uzbek and Tajik media, and Mir.