Art Prospect Festival

International Festival of Public Art in Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan
September 22 - 24, 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
September 20 - 30, 2017, Baku, Azerbaijan

2017 Festival Program | Participants | Art Prospect 2016

The Art Prospect Festival of public art, founded by CEC ArtsLink in 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia moves this year to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Baku, Azerbaijan. Art Prospect sets out to transform familiar urban landscapes, filling the city’s streets, courtyards, parks, and other public spaces with temporary, site-specific art. Art Prospect furthers the development of new forms of creative interaction, giving local and international artists the opportunity to engage with the local context, to define and reformulate its aesthetic, historical, cultural, and social components. Since Art Prospect’s inception, over 200 artists from 20 countries around the world have taken part in the festival that has attracted more than 20,000 visitors.

In 2017, the Art Prospect Festival takes place for the first time outside Russia. Presented in collaboration with the Kyrgyz arts organization ArtEast, the International Public Art Festival Art Prospect – Bishkek: Green Zones New Breath opens on September 22nd at the Gareev Botanical Garden. Artists from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, the United States, and Kyrgyzstan present twenty site specific art works. The Botanical Garden, founded almost a century ago, grows the largest range of species in Central Asia. It is a unique research facility and a precious public space. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, it suffered the fate of many state institutions: lack of finance, the pressures of the new free-market economy and an attempt at “re-profiling”.

The artists have created site-specific works that use art, design, and architecture to re-imagine and invigorate the Botanical Garden and to bring attention to the need for the preservation of public green spaces in the city. The festival is one of the initiatives supporting the fight for the Botanical Garden as an example of the defence of public spaces in Bishkek. The objects and installations are intended to spur reflective consideration of “green zones” as a necessary part of public spaces – places not just for relaxation, but also for the discussion of important issues and for the education of local residents.

On September 16-30, artists in Baku will be creating work for a second festival of public art, Art Prospect: Urban Olum – Rethink, Redo, Revive organized by Pillə platform in collaboration with CEC ArtsLink. Urban Olum aims to encourage local residents to take a more active role in the transformation of the city. Seven artists from Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Belarus will create public art works that engage and respond to the needs of local residents in the outlying district of Bayil. By working directly with local residents, the artists will create public art projects that respond to the customs and needs of local inhabitants.

Information about the participants and the full Festival program can be found at
Friday, September 22 Opening of Art Prospect
Bishkek: Green Zones New Breath
Uptown Botanical Garden
Concert, Excursions, Meetings with Artists
Saturday, September 23 Opening of Art Prospect
Bishkek: Green Zones New Breath,
Downtown Botanical Garden
Concert, Excursions, and
Roundtable with participating artists
Wednesday, September 20 Public Lecture: Public Space / Public Agriculture
Saturday, September 23 Neighborhood Samovar
Saturday, September 30 Opening Exhibition

Luka Adrekhal, Meder Akhmetov, Tornike Asabashvili, Tamar Botchorishvili, Billy Dufala, Eldar Esen uulu, Zulaika Esentaeva, Dima Fatum, Kendal Henry, Zhanna Kadyrova, Nurlan Kalchinov, Veronika Kapishnikova, Zhazgul Madazimova, Monogroup (Aleksandr Khadziakou, Natasha Nemkova), MoveGreen youth ecological movement, Aitegin Muratbek uulu, Adilet Nazyranbekov, Chinara Niyazova, Gennady Popesku, Vusal Rahim/ Diana Rakhmanova, Stefan Rusu, Gafar Rzayev, Samir Salakhov, Atai Samyibek uulu, Bakyt Sargazakov Sergei Shabokhin, Katharina Stadler, Zhanna Tabyshalieva,  Emil Tilekov, Dara Turmagambetova, Zhanar Ubukeev, Maria Uvarova, Naili Vakkhaniya, Kamilla Yusupova

The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Gareev Botanical Garden, Scientific Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, OF Initsiativa “Archa”, OF Yrgystan, Laboratoria ci, Bishkek Mayor's Office, Analytical Center «BizExpert», Green Economy Kyrgyzstan

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