GULNUR MUKAZHANOVA

Born 1984 in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, based in Berlin, Germany

Education

2009-2013 Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany
2006 graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Artist Stetment

While studying at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Kazakhstan and textile and surface design in Berlin Weißssensee after trying different techniques, I chose to work with felt and textils as lurex, silk, velur. The endless felting prozess give me strong feeling to my nomadic roots of my ancestors. Continuing my studies in Berlin, comparing European and Asian cultures, I began to question issues such as traditional cultural values, identity, feminism, globalization.

With time I understood that the process of felting and pimpling pins on lurex fabrics corresponds to the conceptual idea of the main theme of my artistic activity. For me it is important to continue the traditional technique of felting and improve it.

My works are a reflection of our kazakh society. They try to critically illuminate the tensions between the individual, the post nomadic developed identity, and the alienation through the global information- and media society.


Solo exhibitions

2017 “Yellow Matters” SOMA Art Gallery Berlin, Germany
2016 “Postnomadic Reality” Artwin Gallery Moscow, Russia
2010 “Iron Women”, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
“Wertlösigkeit der Tradition”, the German-Kazakh Society, Berlin, Germany


Group exhibitions

2019  
Asia Now Art Fair, Paris, France
Astana Art Show , TSE Art Destination Gallery, Astana, Kazakhstan
“FIC – ФЕСТИВАЛЬ ИСЛАМСКОЙ КУЛЬТУРЫ”(Festival Islamic Culture) Art Lane Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
DA!MOSCOW Art Fair, Moscow,Russia

2018
“All the World´s Collage” Aspan Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Astana Art Show , TSE Art Destination Gallery, Astana, Kazakhstan
Focus Kazakhstan: Bread and Roses, Kunstquartier Bethanie / Momentum, Berlin
Focus Kazakhstan: Post-nomadic Mind, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Lodnon
Cosmoscow international contemporary art fair Moscow. Russia
“Strukturveränderungen” Kostbar Gallery, Berlin, Germany
”Interlocal” The exhibition is part of a larger event “Blue Container on the New Silk Road” Duisburg, Germany

2017
"Time&Astana: After Future" National Museum, Astana, Kazakhstan
"The story retells" Daegu Art Factory Daegu, South Korea
Expo 2017 “Future Energy” Astana.Kazakhstan

2016
“METAMORPHOSES“ Pörnbach Contermprorary, Pörnbach, Germany
“Did you know… ?” WILD PROJECT GALLERY Luxembourg. Luxembourg

2015
Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, Russia
Cosmoscow international contemporary art fair Moscow. Russia
“The Nomads” Artwin Gallery Moscow, Russia

2014
“Dissimination” Sity Gallery Brixen, South Tyrol, Italy
“A TIME FOR DREAMS” the 4th moscow international biennale for young art, Moscow, Russia

2013
Viennafair Vienna, Austria
Felt Festival in Felletin , France (Journées Nationales de la Laine à Felletin)
"Recycling" HWK Leipzig, Germany
„hochZeiten“ Schloss Belvedere, Pfingstenberg,Potsdam, Germany
„A BIG SCHOW“ Freies Museum Berlin, Germany

2012
„…E BELLEZZA SIA ! „Turin, Italy

2011
„Refugium“ DIE ARBEIT, Berlin, Germany

2010
“IN DEFENCE. Artists from Africa, Asia, Europe, Russia, USA and Middle East”,
Fondazione 107, Turin, Italy

2009
“STILLS-Attraction” Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

“East of Nowhere. Contemporary Art from Post-Soviet Central Asia” Fondazione 107 Turin, Italy

2007
52nd Venice Biennale, Central Asia Pavilion, Venice, Italy