I want to make a connection between painting and photography in a goal to make a new space for dialogue. The dialogue is between times – present and past. The dialogue is between everyday street life and memory in archive photo images. In my series I’m Kazakh and Aruakhs (Spirits of Ancestors) I use as backgrounds photos of our ordinary urban life expressed on city walls, garages and dumps. I attempt to depict old images of Kazakh people against the background of present-day reality. I attempt to fill them with new sense by painting. My ambition is to determine the national identity of Kazakhs existing along with other world cultures.