Asel Kadyrkhanova is a visual artist who holds PhD at the University of Leeds. She works across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, installation, and moving images. Her work explores relationships of place and body, craft and labor, text and image in addressing questions of memory and cultural identity in post-traumatic societies. Her doctoral research supported by Anniversary Research Scholarship focuses on the capability of art in addressing the 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 Arts at Newcastle University, UK (2009-2011) with the support of 'Bolashaq' International scholarship.
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) among 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 in several conferences, artist talks, workshops, and summer schools. Lives and works in Leeds and Almaty.