Musician, poet and performing artist Ashot Danielyan advocates art as an instrument for social change, a new and unfamiliar concept in Uzbekistan. The repressive political regime in Uzbekistan over the past three decades has resulted in isolation in artistic and social life leading to severe stasis. The dominance of the academic art school inherited from the Soviet past ensures that the local art community follows conformist self-censorship and aggressively rejects new ideas or socially engaged art practices.
Ashot’s project A Man With The Stool addresses many of these issues through performance, poetry, music, photography and video. Having introduced the project in the major cities of Uzbekistan, Ashot is planning to tour it around Central Asian republics to build cultural bridges among these disconnected nations.
His residency in the US will enable Ashot to meet professional and civic communities, and to explore cross-cultural experiences and socially engaged art practices which emerge from poetry, alternative music and theater. He is keen to introduce the US public to Central Asian modern poetry and his unique approach through his lecture-performance series and visual artwork.