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Spring comes to Tashkent

Written by on Monday, 24 February 2014
Culture and History, Uzbekistan
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On March 1 Tashkent will held two interesting cultural events that we recommend to visit to our readers. “Ilkhom” theater will open its doors for a concert of rock band “Metod Tika” and gallery “Art’n'Fact” will start an exhibition “Myths and Legends of the East” by Alexander Barkovsky.

After boring winter (in terms of cultural events) Uzbek artists, musicians and painters are preparing to showcase their recent projects on the first day of spring.

At 18.00 at the Art’n'Fact gallery opens an exhibition of an artist Alexander Barkovsky (Uzbekistan), known for his project “Gypsy Madonnas”. “Madonnas” by Alexander  participated in the auction Sotheby’s. At this time, he went to investigate Baysun region in Surkhandarya district. This region is inhabited by the unique people, who tries to preserve their culture and traditions. Simple Baysun villagers became characters of Alexander’s works.

Surkhandarya is one of the ancient cultural centres of Uzbekistan that has a unique history and a unique development path. Having been a part of highly developed Asian civilizations, at the heart of Greco-Bactrian and Kushan Empires and located at the crossing of the trade routes, modern day Surkhandarya is heir to ancient traditions and guardian of unique monuments of material and spiritual culture, an authentic preserve of national arts and crafts, where a tree of traditions is cared for and is blossoming. The importance of a long-established Surkhandarian culture was rightfully appraised by a number of international organizations – in March 2001 UNESCO recognized the Surkhandarian cultural area of Boysun a masterpiece of verbal and non-material human heritage. I chose one of the most interesting Central Asian ethnic groups as the subject of my research; it differs in its colourful specific character and complicated historical development. Yet, at the same time, it’s the least researched group in the region – says Alexander Barkovskiy.

There are 30 photos in the series. They were printed with the offset printing technique on aquarelle paper which was preliminarily primed with tea to give it a vintage look. Then photos were hand painted with water-colours and tempera. Each work has its own serial number and a name. For example, there is one called “A woman wearing a dzhilak”. 


“A woman wearing a dzhilak”. Alexander Barkovsky.

And in the theater “Ilkhom” – another IlkhomRockFest. 1 March at 18.30 band “Metod Tika” will show a performance called “The Uncomfortable Zone”.

“Metod Tika – one of the most interesting Uzbek rock bands, project of Alexey Polyakov, a musician and composer.

Modern Oblomovs are sitting on modern sofas in the darkness of not a modern apartments, and do not want to leave their comfort zones. But we are doing our best to pull them out and to put in a totally uncomfortable zone for them, on a stage, one on one with the audience – explains the idea of ​​a concert Nikita Makarenko, producer of the IlkhomRockFest

Metod Tika

“Metod Tika” band

You can find more about the band using their Facebook page, also check Youtube channel of Alexey Polyakov.

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