ELUDING CAPTURE: THREE ARTISTS FROM CENTRAL ASIA
1040 MASS MoCA WAY
North Adams, MA 01247
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Eluding Capture features the work of Saodat Ismailova, Alexander Ugay, and Gulnur Mukazhanova, three artists who explore the conditions of belonging in Central Asia through photography, textile, film, and video.
Typically defined as modern-day Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, Central Asia has been ruled by Indigenous Khanates, the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union at different points in time. The region’s rich philosophical, literary, and artistic traditions provide the basis for contemporary interventions that attend to its history and speculate on its future.
Together, the artists in this exhibition interrogate what it means to dwell in and on the region. Their works seek pictorial, material, and metaphysical agency from colonial legacies, a search for self-definition that acknowledges the incoherency of the past. Refusing narrative and didactic closure, the artists in Eluding Capture unsettle distinctions between past and present to propose a similarly fluid poetics of belonging across the region.
On view February 3, 2024