Kuanysh Bazargaliyev aka Kuba was born in Aktyubinsk, Kazakhstan in 1969. After graduating from College of Fine Arts in Smolensk, Russia, Bazargaliyev continues his education in Aktubinsk University and gets his degree in teaching Art and Design in 1995. He soon moves to Almaty and actively participates in the wide variety of contests, exhibitions and symposiums presenting his first duo exhibition with Marat Bekeev in Ular Gallery in Almaty in 1998. Bazargaliyev’s body of work centers around the search of national identity often questioning the ideological roots of such and deconstructing its visual vocabulary through paintings and mixed media artworks. His recent seriesKoshkarmuyizm the artist applies commonly known symbols of the world such as a cross or a half moon onto traditional Kazakh ornament physically connecting the local and the universal. Noble exhibitions include Dis/Possessed in Folio, Zurich in 2016, Somewhere in the Great Steppe in Erarta Musem of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia, All the Nomads in Artwin Gallery, Moscow, Russia to name a few. Bazargaliyav`s artworks are included in the honorable number of private and public collections such as National Museum of Kazakhstan, Astana; Christie`s, London; Richard Spooner Collection, State Art Collection of Turkey and others.
Postcolonialism and Postsocialism in Fiction and Art: Resistance and Re-existence
This book tackles the intersections of postcolonial and postsocialist imaginaries and sensibilities focusing on the ways they are reflected in contemporary art, fiction, theater and cinema. After the defeat of the Socialist modernity the postsocialist space and its people have found themselves in the void. Many elements of the former Second world experience, echo the postcolonial situations, including subalternization, epistemic racism, mimicry, unhomedness and transit, the revival of ethnic nationalisms and neo-imperial narratives, neo-Orientalist and mutant Eurocentric tendencies, indirect forms of resistance and life-asserting modes of re-existence...
Madina Tlostanova, 2017
The Nazarbayev Generation: Youth in Kazakhstan
This social and cultural analysis provides a new understanding of Kazakhstan’s younger generations that emerged during the rule of Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been presiding over Kazakhstan for the thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Half of Kazakhstan’s population was born after he took power and have no direct memory of the Soviet regime. Since the early 2000s, they have lived in a world of political stability and relative material affluence, and have developed a strong consumerist culture. Even with growing government restrictions on media, religion, and formal public expression, they have been raised in a comparatively free country...
Marlene Laruelle, 2019
"Кошкармюйизм и прочее": Гид по выставке Куаныша Базаргалиева
3 сентября в Esentai Gallery открылась персональная выставка Куаныша Базаргалиева, собравшая все его работы последних лет. В специальном гиде Buro 24/7 искусствовед и куратор выставки Валерия Ибраева подробно объясняет и анализирует каждую серию.
Buro 24/7, 08.09.2016
"Роткобеков", "Поллокбаев" и "Мондригалиев" – новая выставка Куаныша Базаргалиева
В галерее современного искусства ArtMeken открылась выставка казахстанского художника Куаныша Базаргалиева "Единство и борьба противоположностей". Эта выставка – продолжение его проекта о кошкармюйизмах, в котором он через призму этого символа размышляет о Казахстане и происходящих в нем политических, культурных и социальных событиях.
Buro 24/7, 18.04.2018