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 Nothing is outdated.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
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 TIMES, October 28, 2018
Aza Shade on why sexuality is a weapon
Aza Shade is an explosive blend of rebellion, sex and outstanding art vision, an all-in-one rock star and storyteller inventing an outrageous new language in video, painting and music. She was raised in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, but has been living in London for the last seven years.
Dazed, January 21, 2014
Aza Shadenova: the Kazakh artist whose canvases capture Central Asia's cultural crossroads
The creative path of Kazakh artist Aza Shadenova has not been straightforward: born in Uzbekistan and raised in Kyrgyzstan, she moved to the UK in 2007 and is now based between London and Hastings. Her career breakthrough happened in 2013, with her participation in the 55th Venice Biennale as part of the Central Asian Pavilion.
calvertjournal.com, 31 October 2017