Said Atabekov | the artist
The artist Said Atabekov
Born 1965, Bes Terek, Uzbekistan.
Lives and works in , Kazakhstan.
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Said Atabekov (1965, Bez Terek, Uzbekistan) is an intensely perceptive visual artist and a key figure in contemporary cultural expression in Central Asia. Graduating from Shymkent Art College, where he continues to teach and organise exhibitions of upcoming artists, he was a founding member of the influential Red Tractor collective, which took advantage of Perestroika to experiment with international modernism.
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Said Atabekov (Uzbekistan) was born in the village of Bes Terek in Uzbekistan in 1965. He graduated from Shymkent Art College in Kazakhstan where he currently lives and works. He was a founding member of Kyzyl Traktor (Red Tractor), the first avant-garde artistic group founded in southern Kazakhstan after Perestroika. Atabekov's first solo exhibition in 1993, entitled I is not We, was a clear affirmation of a new individual voice in contrast to the traditional Soviet aesthetic of "collectivism." This exhibition proposed an important alternative to a post-Soviet environment. He continues to focus his attention on Central Asia: its customs, daily life, legends, and the history of the area. The artist's work has been exhibited widely throughout the world: Moscow, Russia, Vilnus, Berlin, Geneva, Prague, Mexico City, and Italy…
From the story of Said Atabekov. The younger brother of my grandfather, Aldashev Amir (born in 1908) was drafted into the Red Army on August 28, 1942. He went missing in 1943. He was last seen in March 1943, in the Voronezh region, severely wounded in the infirmary. In one of the photos my aunt holds a letter from the Archives of military medical records from February 25, 1970. This is not the first, nor the last letter.
The project Farewell of Slavianka is a slide show presenting an unusual ritual. According to Said Atabehov, the captured action was carried out by his Kazakh relatives, trying to find traces of the artist's great-uncle, who went missing in 1943 during the Great Patriotic War…