Aziza Shadenova

Aziza Shadenova (born in Uzbekistan) (1989) is a Kazakh artist raised in Kyrgyzstan. Graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2011. She now lives and works in Hastings and London, UK.


Aziza Shadenova was one of the few young artists featured in the Central Asian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). She has participated in group shows at Sotheby’s; Moscow Biennale 2014; EMMA Espoo Museum of Fine Arts (Finland, 2016), HOME gallery Manchester, Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts; EXPO 2015, as well as exhibitions in Russia, France, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Argentina and the UK. 


‘My work is an observation and engagement with the past and present and seeing how it may reflect on the future. The challenge is to see beyond the history and capture something that has been left in NOW. Nothing is outdated. I’m trying to discover the beauty in obliteration because its outcomes always lead to some new life in one way or another. I define my practice as a visual absurdist poetry.'


Kazakh Artists Create Display Space on Sidelines of Venice Biennale

ASTANA – To counter what some believe to be an underrepresentation of Kazakh art internationally, the International Art Development Association (IADA) created an “Invisible Pavilion” entitled “Protagonists” on the sidelines of the May 1-10 Venice Biennale, where Kazakh and Central Asian artists were able to exhibit their work and their culture.

The Astana TimesJune 6, 2019

Artist Askhat Akhmedyarov - the voice of dissent (video in Russian)

His works are not liked by everyone, but never leave the viewer indifferent. The artist believes that art should be independent and reflect the conceptual problems of society. So he tries to encourage people to think and act.

Azattyq, October 23, 2018

Artist Askhat Akhmedyarov wrote his dreams (in Russian)

Artist Askhat Akhmedyarov wrote his dreams. The fact that the titan of Kazakhstani impressionism sees in the embrace of Morpheus can be found at his exhibition-revelation “Ayan”.

Express-K, April 4, 2019

Artist Challenges Limits Of 'This System' In Kazakhstan (video)

Kazakh artist Askhat Akhmedyarov is a provocative voice of dissent in a country where free expression is limited. The work of Kazakh artist Askhat Akhmedyarov is unique and sometimes shocking. He creates in different genres: video, photo, performance, installation, painting. Through his creations, Askhat Akhmedyarov tries to push Kazakhstan society to think and to act. (Harutyun Mansuryan, Sanat Urnaliyev, Roman Kupka, Raymond Furlong, Almas Maksut)

RadioFreeEuropeRadioLiberty, October 19, 2018

Different sky of Askhat Akhmedyarova (in Russian)

Askhat Akhmedyarov is from Uralsk, as the artist was formed in Shymkent. In the south, he made his first and scandalous performance, which blew up a sleepy patriarchal society and divided it into two camps. Each new era of his life, according to Askhat, is accompanied by fire. He literally burns all the bridges behind him - paintings in which he was disappointed, things that seemed to him already obsolete.

Exclusive, November 16, 2018