NewEurasia publishes original research of Tajik curator, art critic and manager Farukh Kuziev
The goal of this critical analysis is to evaluate the phenomenon that has been widely discussed and yet has hardly ever taken place in Tajikistan. Contemporary art in Tajikistan will be discusses here not from the aesthetic point of view, but more in terms of the cultural policies on which it is contingent. The main actors of these policies are curators and art managers. This article will also attempt to draw the line between processes in culture and other sociopolitical tendencies in Tajikistan. I will present opinions and facts as an insider who has been involved in this sector for the last 7 years. I will also bring examples of specific contemporary art institutions such as Dushanbe Art Ground, where I worked for 3 years.
On February 26th National museum of Tajikistan has hosted a“virtual” excursion devoted to live and art of famous Russian painter Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin. The facebook page of the museum informed that the original of one of the Shishkin’s works will be exhibited during the virtual excursion.
I have already written about forum theatre (theatre of oppressed) training that took place in Dushanbe in 2013. And now in 2014 that initial initiative is getting its development.
Dushanbe Ethno-Jazz Festival 2014 was announced in Tajikistan. The festival has become traditional for Dushanbe since 2009. The event possible thanks to Swiss cooperation office n Tajikistan, Bactria Cultural centre and Tajik national conservatory after T. Sattorov.
Good news for those who are in Washington DC now. There will be a concert of Daler Nazarov devoted to Navruz celebration on March 1st, 2014. The concert is hosted by George Washington University and organized by Tajik American Culture Association.
On 22nd of January Javonon Cinema of Dushanbe has hosted a film screening Girl Rising by Richard E. Robbins. The film is telling about the importance of education for girls through telling personal stories of nine girls that were born poverty.
With a little delay I post an article by Tajik journalist Nisso Azizova who talks about the event against domestic violence and the law adopted.
Tajik journalist Sergei Chutkov presents a story “Shamed by being workers?” from the series of “Defenders of their poverty” special for NewEurasia.net
Story by Olga Zavyalova, NewEurasia’s blogger in Dushanbe
Annual Award Ceremony “Top 50: the most stylish people of Dushanbe” was held in Dushanbe on January, 17. The idea of holding this Ceremony belongs to one of the most popular radio stations – “Vatan”. General Manager of radio “Vatan”, Vera Kulakova-Brannerud in her opening speech explained the main principles of winners selection: “Style – is a way of telling who you are, not saying a word. To deserve a title of the most stylish person of the year, you have to stand out in your lifestyle, business style, dressing style, your own skills and behavior style”.
One year ago I have already written about the debates in Tajik Society around the New Year celebration in Tajikistan. Some members of the Party of Islamic Renaissancer (Namely Mr. Muhibullo Kurbon – chief additior of the party web-site) was officially against the celebration of the New Year as an alien tradition to Tajik traditional culture and the religion. Nevertheless we have celebrated New 2013 Year.