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…An even more complex case is Saule Suleimenova, who creates multisemantic works based on experiments with grattography, applied to modern and archival photographs mixed with painting. In her series I am Kazakh (2010), she attempts to carefully release the forgotten and suppressed impulses and sensations of the beautiful, to give people back the flavor of life and their self-respect. In doing this she acts on a different level from more detached conceptual art, interpenetrating rationality with emotions and spiritual element. She is trying to “reconnect and reconcile the traditional Kazakh culture and the aesthetics of revolt, the modernist artistic devices, the pathos of eternity and the poetics of everyday” (Suleimenova 2010). For her the main problem of contemporary Kazakhstan is an inferiority complex, a colonized consciousness grounded in a painful self-reflection, typical of young postcolonial nations. Through decolonizing visuality and, particularly, notions of the beautiful, Suleimenova attempts to teach Kazakhs to unlearn their desire for those lacquered ersatz things they were taught to like and appreciate as beautiful, and as their own. She wants to decolonize their idea of Kazakhness and free it of the bombast that is so pervasive in official state aesthtics.
Suleimenova (re)visits many versions of the past and present that are unstable, changeable, and yet retain certain recurrent and always recognizable and reconstructable elements. Such are her recent works for the international project Ultra-Memory (2012), on the verge of painting and photography, past and present, and the rational and emotional (beautiful and sublime), to produce a sensibility freed of any binding aesthetic canons and coming as much from the heart, from the childhood, from the soul, as from a conceptual analytical interpretation of an aesthetically shrewd individual. She superimposes another Kazakhness (unofficial and uncombed) onto today’s third-class (post)colonial modernity, producing a shocking and sobering decolonial effect./Madina Tlostanova/

Saule Suleimenova a visual artist and she works in the edge of different techniques and media including painting on photography, wax on paper and last years she works with recycling plastic bags. She has a strong social impact in Kazakhstan, takes part in educational, ecological and other social events. She exhibited her work on Self Festival of 56th Venice Biennale, Manifesta 11 in Zürich, Second Moscow biennale, Christie’s auction in London, U.K., East of Nowhere exhibition in Turin, Foundation 107, One Belt One Road exhibition of Hong Kong Women Federation and many other local and international projects.

Starting her work with searching post colonial identity in the series as Kazakh Chronicle, I’m Kazakh she reveals her idea as well in public talks and articles. Now Suleimenova discovers a new line – Cellophane Painting where she raises a question about plastic pollution of the steppe of Kazakhstan and calls to clean and collect all the used plastics there. She continues the Kazakh Chronicle series not with artistic materials but with used colored plastic bags.
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Artist Profile: Saule Suleimenova

The Observatory of the Bereaved: Unbinding the Imaginary in Eurasian Borderlands

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00905992.2015.1057559

http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/events/kazakh

http://www.tu.kz/bigwork2006eng.php?ch_id=69

http://www.artystan.com/#!Saule-Suleimenova-on-Plastic-Bags-Identity-and-Collaboration-with-AUCA/cjds/56137be80cf2a7bb74c92dcc

http://artradarjournal.com/tag/saule-suleimenova/

 

Biography

Born 29th of April, 1970 in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Member of the Kazakhstan Union of Artists Union since 1998

Genre

Painting, graphic arts, photography, cellophane painting

1996

Diploma (First class) in the international competition of Diploma projects,

Ekaterinburg, Russia

2001 Laureate of 3rd prize of Shabyt Festival, Astana, Kazakhstan

2001 Laureate of 2nd prize of Zhiger Festival, Astana, Kazakhstan

2000 Laureate of the International Festival Master Class – Kazakhstan

1998 Awarded the Kazakhstan President’s Scholarship for artistic work

Education

Design course, Publishing Training Center, London, U.K. (1998)

Degree in Design (with Honors) at Almaty State Academy of Architecture & Construction (1990-96)

Master of Art Criticism, Kazakh National University of Arts (2013)

Collections

National museum of Kazakhstan, Astana, Kazakhstan

Museum of Contemporary Art, Astana, Kazakhstan  

State Museum of Arts named after A. Kasteev, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Direction of Art Exhibitions and Auctions of Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan
Museum of Visual Arts named after Nevzorovs, Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan

Eastern Kazakhstan State museum of Arts, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

Christies Auction house, London, UK

Russkiy Mir gallery, Paris, France

State Museum of Arts, Novosibirsk, Russia
Norton Dodge Collection, Zimmerli Museum, New Jersey, USA
Tengri Umai gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Richard Spooner collection, USA, Kazakhstan
other private collections in Kazakhstan and aboard.

Solo exhibitions

2015

Steppe Pastoral, plastic bags public art project, American university of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bride plastic bags public art project, ARTBATFEST, Almaty, kazakhstan

«How Big is Big?» Tedx Astana, art project and talk, Astana, Kazakhstan

«45..» solo exhibition, Art Samal gallery, Almaty, kazakhstan

2014

Cellophane painting solo exhibition, Artspace gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

«Cultural value…?» Solo exhibition, B2A Project, Essentai Mall, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2013

KUANYSHTYN SAULESI, Eastern Kazakhstan State museum of Arts, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

2012 г.

I’M KAZAKH exhibition to the Independence Day, Kazakh Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia

WAX-ENGRAVING, Has Sanat gallery, Astana, Kazakhstan  

SOLO SHOW IN L.E.S., L.E.S. space, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2011 г. –

I’M KAZAKH,  Russkiy Mir gallery, Paris, France

KAZAKH CHRONICLE, галерея АРК, Алматы, Казахстан

I’M KAZAKH,  Has Sanat gallery, Astana, Kazakhstan  

2010

I’M KAZAKH, Central Exhibition hall, Direction of Art Exhibitions and Auctions of Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan, Almaty

2007

BUSES AND BUSSTOPS, Tengri Umay gallery, Almaty,

2006

With K. Bazargaliev: KUANYSHTYN SAULESI-5, sponsored by Deloitte &Touche, Tengri Umay gallery, Almaty

2005

ASIA ALIVE program, Asian art museum, San Francisco, USA

KAZAKH: PAINTINGS BY SAULE SULEIMENOVA, Townsend Center, Berkeley University, USA

KAZAKH CHRONICLE, Tengri Umay gallery, Almaty

2004

KUANYSHTYN SAULESI-4, Central Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2003

ABOUT LOVE, Tengri Umay gallery, Almaty

2002

KUANYSHTYN SAULESI-3, Tengri Umay gallery, Almaty

MY WAY, Capital Real Estate, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2001

KUANYSHTYN SAULESI, Capital Real Estate, Almaty

2000

KUANISHTIN SAULESI, Tengri Umay gallery, Almaty

1998

Project IN THE STYLE OF MAKINTOSH, SOROS Center of Contemporary Arts, Almaty

FLOWERS, ULAR gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1997

LOVE& POWER, ULAR gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1996

TRIP OF THE THREE ANGELS, MINOY gallery, Phillip Morris company, Almaty

Group exhibitions:

2016

  • Assemblage PointAstana Art Fest, Astana
  • Dis/possessed? A question of spirit and money, Folium, Manifesta 11, Zurich
  • ‘Changes. In Search of Time’ group exhibition, Kazakh-British university, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • One Belt One Road, visual arts exhibition, Hong Kong Federation of Women, Sotheby’s gallery, Hong Kong

2015

Topographica group exhibition, American university of Central Asia, Bishkek,   Kyrgyzstan

–         Astana Art Fest, Astana

–         Why Self, Adventures of Social Identities, Palacco Ca Zanardi, Venice Biennalle, Italy

All the Nomads, Contemporary Art from Kazakhstan, ArTwin gallery, Moscow, Erarta museum of contemporary art, Sankt-Peterborough, Russia

2014

  • National traditions and the openness to the world, National museum of Kazakhstan, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Cellophane Painting public art project in the Contemporary art festival Artbatfest, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2013

  • Art project «Zhoktau. 1937. Territory of Remembrance», State Museum of Arts named after A. Kasteev, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Jubilee exhibition to the 80th anniversary of the Union of Artists of Kazakhstan, State Museum of Arts named after A. Kasteev, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Art project «Ultramemory», Paris-Almaty, Nivet-Carzon gallery, State Museum of Arts named after A. Kasteev, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • – 5-th Moscow Contemporary Art Biennale, Migrants Art project, Russian State Humanitarian University, Moscow, Russia
  • Rape of Europa exhibition in the Contemporary art festival Artbatfest, Umai museum, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • – Ancestors Spirits Public art project in the Contemporary art festival Artbatfest, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2012

  • Art project «Ultramemory», Paris-Astana, Nivet-Carzon gallery, Palace of Independence, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • 2011   

Art in Open Space, Goethe institute, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Art of Choice, Palace of Independence, Astana, Kazakhstan

Bologna art fair, Chiostro gallery, Bologna, Italy

2010  –

group exhibitions,  Foundation 107, Turin, Milan, Italy

2009 –

East of Nowhere. Contemporary art from Post-Soviet Asia exhibition, Turin, Italy.

Union of Artists of Kazakhstan, annual exhibition, State Museum of Arts named after A. Kasteev, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2008 –

Point of View, 10th anniversary of Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan

16th October Art Nomad Charity Auction, Christie’s Auction House, London, UK

Art Nomad, Social and Cultural Project, Central Exhibition Hall, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Exhibition of Graphic and Prints of the Union of Artists of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan  

2007 –

Kazakhstan Modern Art Night, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Almaty

International Symposium of Artists, Astana, Kazakhstan

Kulanshi Art Forum, State Museum of Art named after Kasteev, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Museum of the First President, Astana, Kazakhstan

2006 –

Exhibition of the Union of Artists dedicated to 20th anniversary of Independence of Kazakhstan, Central State museum, Almaty, Kazakhstan

‘People of Kazakhstan’ exhibition, Soros Center of Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan

‘Flying Tatar Man’ exhibition, State Museum named after Nevzorovs, Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan

SOMUART Festival, KIMEP, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2005 –

NEW REALMS, New Realms Ltd, London, UK

2004 –

NEW REALMS, New Realms Ltd, London, UK

ART-DESANT ALMATY, Exhibition Hall of Ministry of Culture, Aktobe, Kazakhstan

Eurasia gallery, Brussells, Belgium

ASKAR-SAULE-MARAT, Tengri Umay gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2003 –  

International art festival Tengri-Umay, Almaty, Kazakhstan

2001 –

World Assembly of Citizens, Lille, France

Days of Culture of Almaty, Moscow, Russia

International Biennial of Drawings and Script, Novosibirsk, Russia

2000 –

Laureate of the International Festival Master Class – Kazakhstan

Group exhibition “Sky”, Tengri Umay gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1999 –

NOMADS, Humay gallery, London, U. K.

Summer workshop, Central exhibition hall, Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan

FIFTH CONTINENT, ARK gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

BACK TO BACK & FACE TO FACE, ARK gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Zhiger International Festival of Art, Kasteev State Museum of Art, Almaty

1998 –

EXPO-98, Lisbon, Portugal

Reflections of Women’s Vision, Central State Museum of Art, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Project IN THE STYLE OF MAKINTOSH, SOROS Center of Contemporary Arts, Almaty

1998 –

Performance “Spontaneous Cinema” consisting of the artists group Action of Four, cinema festival “Eurasia”, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Performance “Unswaddling” consisting of the artists group Action of Four, Soros Center of Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1997 –

Duetto, with Almagul Menlibayeva, ULAR GALLERY, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1990 –

First Republican exhibition of non-traditional search in art, Direction of Exhibitions and Auctions, Almaty, Kazakhstan

1989-1990 –

UNESCO Exhibition of Soviet artists, Madam Cola Collection, Paris, France.

1988-1989 –

Group of young artists Green Triangle, exhibitions, street performances, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Other Programs

  • Acted in a film THE PLACE OF A GREY TRIANGLE, director Ermek Shinarbaev (grand prize – Golden Leopard, Locarno, Switzerland)
  • Acted in a film TENDER HEART, director Ermek Shinarbaev (prise – San Sebastane, Spain)

2007-2008 Acted in a film LETTERS TO AN ANGEL, director Ermek Shinarbaev

2009 Artist in a film NOTREAL LOVE, director Amir Karakulov