Said Atabekov

Said Atabekov

Said Atabekov portrait

Said Atabekov was born in the Tashkent Region in Uzbekistan in 1965. He graduated in 1992 from Shymkent Art College in Kazakhstan. Soon after, he became a part of the art group “Kyzyl Tractor”, a creative laboratory that evoked aspects of nomadic culture.

The group was also the first avant-garde artistic group founded in the southern country after the Perestroika. His work has been widely featured at the forefront of international museums and art events.

His works push boundaries and perspectives on transcultural contexts. It also fosters and stimulates a young and emerging generation of artists. He is now a teacher at Shimkent Art College and remains a key figure in Central Asian art.

With Public Delivery Video festival Fairy Tales, 2015

Said Atabekov - Neon Paradise, 2004, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015
Said Atabekov – Neon Paradise, 2004, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015
Fairy Tales was a video art festival at the Plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.

Artists: Lida Abdul, Said Atabekov, Mohamed Bourouissa, Chen Chieh-Jen, Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Cyprien Gaillard, Dejan Kaludjerović, Mari Kim, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Taus Makhacheva, Almagul Menlibayeva, Mariko Mori, Ahmet Ögüt, Adrian Paci, Public Delivery, Wang Qingsong, Walid Raad, Cheng Ran, China & Item Idem, Taps & Moses, Guido van der Werve, Erwin Wurm, Miao Xiaochun


Exhibited: Neon Paradise, 2004

The video documents a performance in which the artist kneels and bows in front of an automatic door. In a dervish-like, praying manner, he opens up the doors of a supermarket by his rhythmical bowing.

Said Atabekov - Neon Paradise, 2004

10 min
stereo, DVCAM (color)
Authors: Abisait Atabekov (Said), Kazakhstan
Cinematography: Vladimir Filippov, Ukraine
Film editing: Ivan Volkov, Ukraine

Whether the door opens into a corporate building, modern supermarket, or university is not clear. However, what is clear is the deconstruction of contemporary realities such as economics and the alienated radical movement involved.

Comical at first, it provides trenchant thoughts on worship and religion, stereotypes and notions of progress and modernity. Here the artist questions migration and the resulting recurring cultural ‘invasion’, contributing to his research on developing a common cultural expression across Central Asia.

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