Georgy Mamedov is a communist and LGBT activist, curator, and educator, based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He teaches history as well as theory of modern and contemporary art at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek and chairs the board of the leading Central Asian LGBT organization Labrys Kyrgyzstan.
Oksana Shatalova and Georgy Mamedov, both co-Artistic Directors of the School of Theory and Activism in Bishkek (STAB), Kyrgyzstan met with local activists and artists during their Back Apartment Residency. Their exhibition based on the Kollontai Commune in Frunze in the 1970s opened at the Luda Gallery on January 27. The exhibition makes a historical intervention with the archive of the Kollontai Commune, a queer communist collective associated with the architecture school in Frunze (now Bishkek) in the 1970s, radically revising concepts of the political and gender dissident in the late Soviet Union. They also participated in a discussion about the exhibition and art activism with local activists and sociologists at the Luda Gallery on January 30, 2016.