Lyazzat Khanim (b. 1994)
A Western Kazakhstan native, Lyazzat Khanim graduated from The UNESCO Art School in Astana in 2012, and she received her BFA from the Parsons The New School for Design in New York in 2017. After graduating, Khanim created the eco-friendly brand “5:45 AM”, which focuses strongly on the philosophy of minimalism. After working as a fashion designer in New York, Khanim moved to Istanbul to bring her brand ideas to life and to simultaneously develop her graphic design skills. Inspired by such diverse cities, Khanim continues her creative explorations in Astana where she currently lives and works in the medium of contemporary painting. Khanim’s hyper-realistic artwork, with the occasional venture into the surreal, concentrates on the simplicity and beauty of everyday environments. Her work depicts striking and thought-provoking glimpses of simple objects that suddenly seem to escape the usual flow, which causes an immediate fascination and is followed by the feelings of disturbance and displacement. Although some choices of subject matter address consumer culture, Khanim is mainly interested in an ongoing attempt to archive fragments of pure being by turning her personal experiences toward the public dimension, and vice versa.
Food for Thought
The new reality started on November 17, 2019, and it celebrated reinterpretation of public spaces. The meeting point for people and city has shifted from parks, museums and theaters to streets and supermarkets. At the intersection of these new and old public spaces the two vital human needs are ironically intertwined: on the one hand we cannot live without food and walling, on the other hand we cannot survive without culture and art.
Following the new rules of etiquette and guidelines the Eurasian Cultural Alliance in cooperation with Esentai Gourmet organized a contemporary art exhibition in a grocery store – it is a location unable to gather people under other circumstances. 13 artists and 1 theater make art in one way or another related to food, consumption, branding and, of course, the pandemic. The exhibition is a part of a series of cultural initiatives dedicated to the 10th anniversary of ARTBAT FEST contemporary art festival with the support of CEC ArtsLink.