EXHIBITION "NORTHERN LIGHTS OF THE SOUTH"
November 1 - 29, 2019
The exposition presents a textile project, which consists of: printed fabrics, handmade abra fabric, author and folk embroidery.
Dilyara Kaipova – an artist, was engaged in easel graphics, worked in theaters of Tashkent as a decorator, production designer and master of the production of theatrical dolls. In recent years, he has been implementing projects based on Uzbek traditional textiles, combining traditional technologies for the production of products and ornaments with famous images and elements of pop culture.
"Speaking about the work of D. Kaipova, her way of critical thinking about the past, we will inevitably be faced with questions related to interpretations, allegories, symbols, metaphors, signs, about the meanings of images, about the shifts that have occurred in traditional culture, Central Asian art in relations with colonization and sovietization. " (from the text of the curator Vyacheslav Akhunov to the exhibition "Northern Lights of the South").
Dilya Kaipova: “Mentioning the North and the South in the name of the project, I did not mean the established concepts of “Global North” and “Global South”. I called the North the geographical and territorial North as the Russian Empire in the past, and then the USSR, where the Central Asian is often called the South, southern republics, southern outskirts or southern borders. We do not belong to the global South by definition, and the colonization here, in what is now Uzbekistan, had its own special, specific character.
"Portrait of Gorbachev" – an imitation of "naive" embroideries, popular in Uzbekistan in the 60-90s, they retained the elements and techniques of traditional embroidery, but characters appeared in them – heroes of films, illustrations from Soviet magazines or postcards, quotes or poems of their own essays. I did not try to impose the boring, but not losing sharpness discourse "Who is to blame?". Gorbachev is present in the embroidery as a marker of the time and place of the famous “jump into the void”, after which it is so important to find new landmarks and critically reflect on the new reality.
Quite often, we are ashamed of this fall and our "post-Soviet" status, which it is high time to get rid of, but it is not clear how to replace it, our "otherness" - our own culture and history, trying to wear a suit "from someone else's shoulder" and, literally and metaphorically borrowing thoughtlessly from other cultures and traditions. Although there is no reason to be ashamed or neglect your own, there is no reason not to look for your own ways of development and self-realization".