Said Atabekov

Born in 1965 in Bes-Terek, Uzbekistan, Said Atabekov currently lives and works in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.

Said Atabekov began creating art in 1993 as a member of the Kyzyl Tractor artist group. As a witness to the successive waves of social and political change in Kazakhstan, an area which saw a transition from nomadic culture to communism and then to capitalism in less than a hundred years, Atabekov explores the intersections and local impact of often conflicting cultures and skillfully identifies and animates elements that reveal their deeper paradoxes. Like many of today's artists, Atabekov's work spans a variety of media, from video and photography to sculptures and installations. His use of ethnographic signs is heavily influenced by recollections of the Russian avant-garde and Post-Soviet realities, along with an intimate and often touching analysis of his condition as a contemporary artist. While acutely aware of the attractiveness of the exoticism associated with iconographical stereotypes of Central Asian art, he often refers to them with a touch of irony.

Notable recent exhibitions include Suns and Neons above Kazakhstan at the Yarat in Baku (2017), The Other & Me at the Sharjah Art Museum (2014), the 5th Moscow Biennale (2013), Central Asia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011, 2007, 2005), Ostalgia at the New Museum in New York (2011), Time of the Storytellers at the KIASMA in Helsinki (2007), 9th Istanbul Biennale (2005).

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Как казахстанские художники оказались в собрании Третьяковской галереи?

Поразительно, но человечество парадоксально устроено: мы не умеем ценить самих себя, пока кто-то со стороны не даст нам оценку. Это касается практически всех сфер жизни. Часто за это нам приходится расплачиваться. Так, американцы в своё время не ценили собственное искусство и распродавали его.

Buro 24/718.03.20


Thinking collections, telling tales: “Focus Kazakhstan” Part III in Jersey City – artist profile + curator interview

Jersey City’s Mana Contemporary hosts the third instalment of “Focus Kazakhstan” featuring the work of Kyzyl Tractor Art Collective.

Art Radar speaks with curator Leeza Ahmady about the collective’s work amongst nomadic, Sufi and Shamanistic philosophies.

Art Radar, October 23, 2018


Художник Саид Атабеков: «Замазанная глиной картина — тоже искусство»

Саид Атабеков -  казахстанский современный художник, чьи работы были представлены на Suns and Neons above Kazakhstan, Yarat (Баку), The Other & Me, Sharjah Art Museum, 5-ю Московскую биеннале, Павильон Центральной Азии на Венецианской биеннале, Ostalgia, New Museum (Нью-Йорк), Time of the Storytellers, KIASMA (Хельсинки) и 9-ой Стамбульской биеннале.

«Степь» поговорила с художником и узнала, с чего начался его творческий путь, почему не мог поступить в художественное училище и что значит для него искусство.

The Steppe, October 19, 2017


Саид Атабеков и Абдулла Конате представят свои работы на выставке «On Borders and Other Inventions»

Aspan Gallery представляет выставку On Borders and Other Inventions («О границах и прочих вымыслах») с участием Саида Атабекова и всемирно известного художника из Мали Абдулы Конате.

The Steppe, October 11, 2017


Kazakhstan's art team exhibition unveils in New York

A retrospective exhibition of Kazakhstan's Kyzyl Tractor (Red Tractor) art team themed Collection of Thoughts: Making up Stories has unveiled in New York under the Rukhani Janghyru program as part of Focus Kazakhstan project and the Asian Contemporary Arts Week.

KAZINFORM, 18 October 2018


Great Steppe History travelling exhibition opens in Taldykorgan

“The idea of the exhibition was inspired by the ‘Seven Facets of the Great Steppe’ article. What is the world’s perception of the peculiarities of the people living in the arid zone in the centre of the Eurasian continent for centuries?