Zitta Sultanbayeva and Ablikim Akmullayev work for 30 years at the art stage both together and separately in different genres and types of the contemporary art, such as videoart, installation, performance and photo, and also contemporary painting and graphics. The famous Kazakhstan art duet is initiators of a number of local and international exhibitions and projects as self-organized¸ and with assistance of Non-governmental Organizations. In 2000 the art and married couple organized an art duo― ZITABL.

Together they actively and successfully participated in exhibitions of the contemporary art in Berlin (2002), in Geneva (2002), in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg (2002), Novosibirsk (2003) in Bonn, Stuttgart and Paris (2003), Ganja (2007), Tbilisi (2009), Perm (2012), Strasburg (2016) London (2018) etc.

About the artists:

Zitta Sultanbaeva ― renowned artist, art critic, journalist. Participant in international art projects, exhibitions and Contemporary Art Biennales as part of the art-duo ZITABL with Ablikim Akmullaev; the initiator of a number of educational and curatorial projects. Laureate and winner of many international competitions and festivals.

Ablikim Akmullaev ― free artist, musician, photographer. Leader of the legendary group «Green triangle», member of the group “BUGARABU” and art duo “ZITABL”. Laureate and the winner of many international competitions and festivals.




The second Lahore Biennial announces full artists' list

The artists' list has been announced for the Lahore Biennial, curated by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, who founded the Sharjah Art Foundation.

Titled LB02: between the sun and the moon, the biennial opens in late January and focuses on the climate crisis and the political and social challenges it carries, as well as indigenous and ancient means of connection to the surrounding world.

The National, January 16, 2020


ZITABL & AURA: a unique creative tandem of contemporary art of Kazakhstan

This blog is about a very unusual family of a modern Kazakh artist, writer and journalist, Zitta Sultanbayeva, who is the soul and inspiration behind the creative works by ZITABL & AURA

London Narratives of Central Asia, april 20, 2018


Contemporary Kazakhstan Art Exhibition in Strasbourg Opens New Facets of Culture

The Life is a Legend exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCS) in Strasbourg is bringing the work of contemporary Kazakh artists to an international audience. The exhibition, which opened on Dec. 5, is presented by the Eurasian Cultural Alliance and the Apollonia Association and will showcase artists largely unknown outside of Kazakhstan.