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.