Asel Kadyrkhanova

Asel Kadyrkhanova is a visual artist and PhD Candidate at the University of Leeds. She works across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, installation and moving image. Her work explores relationships of place and body, craft and labour, text and image in addressing questions of memory and cultural identity in post-traumatic societies. Her doctoral research supported with Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship focuses on capability of art  in addressing trauma of Stalinism in post-Soviet Kazakhstan.

She completed a B.A. and M.A. in Painting at Kazakh National Academy of Arts in Almaty, Kazakhstan (2001-2007), and an M.A Fine art at Newcastle University, UK (2009-2011) with the support of 'Bolashaq' International scholarship of the president of Kazakhstan.

Asel Kadyrkhanova's work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions such as: 'Postnomadic mind', Wapping Project, London (2018), Suns and Neons above Kazakhstan, Yarat Centre for Contemporary art, Baku (2017), Internal memory: Not Enough space? Garage Museum of Contemporary art, Moscow (2017), The Eighth river, Ile Alatau National Park (2015), 1937 | Joktau - Territory of Memory, Kazakh State Museum of Arts, Almaty (2013) and others.

She is a CEC Artslink fellow of 2018, a former artist-in residence at California College of the Arts, San Francisco (USA), and a participant of several conferences, artist talks, workshops, and summer schools.

Lives and works in Leeds and Almaty.




Kazakhstan: Exhibition Casts New Light on Chilling Stalinist Past

A new art exhibition in Almaty takes a fresh look at Kazakhstan’s grim totalitarian past, with contemporary artists offering a personal touch as they illustrate the Stalinist repressions that devastated the region in the 1930s. The artistic displays are accompanied by personal explanations about how the political repressions affected the artists’ own families.

Eurasianet , October 30, 2013

Review | Focus Kazakhstan: Postnomadic Mind

Stepping into Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, originally built in 1890 to power the machinery of industrial London, the similarities between the history of the space and the exhibition currently situated within it become immediately apparent.

The London MagazineSeptember 26, 2018

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Rewriting the Nation in Modern Kazakh Literature: Elites and Narratives

The book is a much-needed critical introduction and a comprehensive survey of the Kazakh literary production and cultural discourses on the nation in the twentieth and twenty first centuries. In the absence of viable and open forums for discussion and in the turbulent moments of postcolonial and cultural transformation under the Soviets, the Kazakh writers and intellectuals widely engaged with the national identity, heritage and genealogy construction in literature. 

Diana T. Kudaibergenova, 2017


В Лондоне открылась выставка казахстанского искусства

В рамках программы «Рухани жаңғыру» в Лондоне открылась первая выставка масштабного проекта Национального музея РК «Фокус Казахстан» при поддержке Министерства культуры и спорта, которая пройдет до 16 октября 2018 года. Об этом передает МИА «Казинформ» со ссылкой на

КАЗИНФОРМ , 21 Сентября 2018

В Алматы открылась выставка молодой художницы Асель Кадырхановой

В галерее «Улар» состоялось открытие первой персональной выставки Асель Кадырхановой, передает корреспондент Молодая художница является выпускницей Казахской национальной академии искусств имени Жургенова и британского университета  Newcastle University, а также лауреатом VI международного фестиваля «Шабыт» в категории «живопись»., 11 Марта, 2013

Валерия Ибраева о выставке "Changes: Исследование времени" в КБТУ

В Алматы проходит выставка современного искусства "Changes: Исследование времени". Впервые за 15 лет с казахстанскими художниками сотрудничает учебное заведение – Казахстанско-Британский технический университет., June 06,16