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Nas Why? against fir-trees
Written by , Sunday, 23 Jun, 2013 – 19:50 | No Comment

Tashkent was shocked by exhibition “My Favorite Tree”, which was organized by the new art group “Nas Why?”

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A few words about contemporary Uzbek photography. Part VII. Mothers and daughters-in-law
Written by , Tuesday, 18 Jun, 2013 – 19:42 | 2 Comments

Today I would like to present an interesting photo project by one of the leading contemporary photographers from Uzbekistan, Umida Akhmedova, who became well-known internationally as a victim of stupid legal charges against her photography and video, apparently insulting the mentality of the Uzbek nation.

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How sounds the glacier?
Written by , Thursday, 13 Jun, 2013 – 20:08 | No Comment

On the breakup of the exhibition «Refresh», long-suffering roof of «Ilkhom» theatre welcomes its first concert – «Music of glacier» by ensemble Omnibus and brothers Teichmann and Alois Späth. Great personal thanks to organizers for it, so far as small basement of theatre could hardly seat about two hundred persons who wanted to see the concert. More, the atmosphere and the space of the roof are favorable for such kind of events. Return to music…

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A few words about contemporary Uzbek photography. Part VI. Reflecting on photographer’s position
Written by , Monday, 10 Jun, 2013 – 15:26 | One Comment

The age of digital photography has been characterised by a few well-documented and often discussed phenomena such as a wide access to hi-tech equipment, ‘visual turn’ (as opposed to the earlier ‘linguistic turn’), the role of social networks (both as the means for dissemination of photographic work and as an ego-bolstering exercise) and so on.

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Moscow elite and Uzbek culture
Written by , Wednesday, 5 Jun, 2013 – 11:00 | No Comment

On June 3 at Moscow Multimedia Art Museum held the tenth Uzbek Culture Evening, which was organized by Fund Forum, according to an official press release. There was a lot of elite people, but not much of culture. Read the full story »

A few words about contemporary Uzbek photography. Part V. Intimate space
Written by , Tuesday, 4 Jun, 2013 – 12:50 | One Comment

Perhaps, one of the most important qualities of a contemporary photographer has become his or her ability to create an intimate space inhabited by a subject and characters.

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A few words about contemporary Uzbek photography. Part IV. Photo stories
Written by , Wednesday, 29 May, 2013 – 17:00 | No Comment

Continuing to talk about photo stories, I would like to discuss the role of the photographer’s position and attitude towards his or her subject and characters.

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United not only by Bread
Written by , Wednesday, 22 May, 2013 – 9:40 | No Comment

“Ilkhom” theater in Tashkent holds exhibition “United not only by Bread” by Uzbeki photographer Olga Fedina.

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A few words about contemporary Uzbek photography. Part III. Photo stories
Written by , Monday, 20 May, 2013 – 12:12 | One Comment

One of the most important skills of a contemporary photographer is to be able to go beyond a mere frame, to think outside the limitations of a static shot. While at an early stage of a photographer’s professional development the fascination with a single beautiful picture is understandable, today it is largely left to amateurs to try to compete with postcards and stunning photos of nature from the National Geographic.

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When will Metro 2033 come to Almaty or Tashkent, or for that matter, New York?
Written by , Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 – 18:57 | 2 Comments

Around this time three years ago, I posted about the video game “Metro 2033″, based on the novel by Russian journalist Dmitry Glukhovsky. The sequel (“Last Light”) has just been released, thus prompting this post. The setting of the series is an underground society founded by survivors of a nuclear war that was waged in 2013 (yikes!). They scrape by in the Moscow subway system, which has transformed into an almost Biblical sheol. NewEurasia’s snobbish managing editor Sanjar says, “it’s no War and Peace”. Sure, sure. But speaking as a person who’s probably imbibed way too much post-apocalyptic fiction since childhood, Glukhovsky and his compatriots at 4A Games have made one of the more engrossing scenarios in the genre. The series mixes mysticism, science fiction, and politics in an unusual way. It’s also nice to see some Eurasian sensibilities injected into Western popular culture; we’ve been surely lacking it since the Seventies.

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