Participant Profile

Gamal Bokobaev

Public Art

Gamal Bokobaev was born and grew up in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He is an architect, designer, artist, curator and culturologist. He has been a member of the Artists’ Union of the Kyrgyz Republic since 1996 and in 2008 he became editor-in- chief of its periodical publication. Since 2010, he has chaired the TOLON MUSEUM public foundation.

During his residence, Gamal researched residential districts in the central part of Dushanbe (Tajikistan) as the most typical “post-Soviet space” for gaining an understanding of the city. He studied their history, conducted graphic-analytical evaluations, and collected examples of informal citizen initiatives and the relationship between district inhabitants and commercial entities. His research resulted in the production of an art project and the organization of a seminar in which the artist presented his vision to the local community.