Tashkent and Bukhara, Uzbekistan
January 26-29, 2018
Fourteen members of the Platform Art Prospect Network met for four days in Uzbekistan to discuss the pilot project’s results, its plans for the continuation, and learn about arts and culture in Uzbekistan. The meeting began in Tashkent with presentations by two leading contemporary arts organizations, The Ilkhom Theater of Mark Weil and The Omnibus Ensemble, and three contemporary artists - Slava Akhunov, Umida Akhmedova, and Alexander Barkovsky. These informal discussions provided the visiting Network partners from eleven countries with a broad overview of the socio-political climate in Uzbekistan and the role of contemporary arts organizations and artists in Tashkent. The group then traveled to Bukhara for two days of presentations, meetings and discussions as well as site visits. These intensive meetings enabled Network members to share the results of the residencies and public art festivals conducted in 2017, discuss long- and short-term plans for the project, and become acquainted with Bukhara and its unique culture.
The Network meeting was organized by CEC ArtsLink in collaboration with partners at The Ilkhom Theater in Tashkent and Bukhara Photo Gallery.
Susan Katz, Natalya Ergens (CEC ArtsLink), Yeva Khachatryan (Suburb Platform, Armenia), Sabina Abbasova (Atelier PİLLƏ, Azerbaijan), Shavkat Boltaev (Bukhara Photo Gallery, Uzbekistan), Gulnara Kasmalieva, Muratbek Djumaliev (ArtEast, Kyrgyzstan), Nino Palavandishvili (GeoAIR, Georgia), Anna Pohribna (Foundation Center for Contemporary Art/Arsenal, Ukraine), Iuliia Kosterieva (Open Place, Ukraine), Olga Vesselova (Eurasian Cultural Alliance, Kazakhstan), Vladimir Us (Oberliht Young Artists Association, Moldova), Jamshed Kholikov (Dushanbe ArtGround, Tajikistan), Valentina Kiselyova (Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art, Belarus).