ART PROSPECT network

An informal network of organizations and individuals in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan focusing on socially engaged and public art

The Art Prospect Network, initiated by CEC ArtsLink in 2017, addresses the need for creating social inclusion in 11 post-Soviet countries by supporting activities that encourage civic engagement, on-going exchange, and collaboration between local citizens, artists, and local governmental and non-governmental agencies. Art Prospect Network members share a commitment to developing innovative artistic and social practices which stimulate community engagement, positive change, and encourage dialogue. Network members share information and resources and participate in Art Prospect’s international public art festivals, residencies, workshops, and seminars. 

Art Prospect Network utilizes and unifies CEC ArtsLink’s experience in the region in a program of network building activities, educational programs, public art festivals, and socially engaged artist residencies for artists and curators. Since its inception, over 200 artists and curators from 12 countries have participated in residencies, public art festivals, and educational seminars as part of the Art Prospect Network program. 

Network Partners

Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek

ArtEast is a non-governmental organization founded by three Kyrgyz freelance artists in 2002. The main mission of the organization is to strengthen the role of the contemporary visual arts as an integral component for the harmonious development of civil society in Kyrgyzstan and to provide support to artists to create artworks that are free of ideological and commercial pressure. 

Uzbekistan
Bukhara

Bukhara Photo Gallery aims to develop and promote art photography in the region.  Many of its projects address social and political issues through photography and facilitate interaction with the local creative community, including photographers, artists, and others.  Its main activities are photo exhibits, photography workshops, and participation in local and international photography events.

Georgia
Tbilisi

Data (David) Chigholashvili’s work in social anthropology and contemporary art explores connections between the two fields through theoretical research and socially engaged art projects. He is mainly interested in topics of visual and urban anthropology, ethnography, socially engaged art practices, public space, migration, foodways, and memory, which are often interconnected in his collaborative work. In 2012, Data joined GeoAIR. Since 2018, he has been working as a curator of international programs at the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia. Data’s works are strongly related to the specificity of their contexts. Through direct commentary or through subtle forms, he aims to present and question issues of the surroundings, while simultaneously exploring connections between various disciplines and means of expression in order to challenge conventional definitions and forms.

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Tajikistan
Dushanbe

Dushanbe ArtGround / Sanati Muosir is a non-profit organization registered in 2012 in Dushanbe. DAG mission is to advocate for the development of contemporary art practices in Tajikistan, to redefine the role of the artist in contemporary society and shift the function of the artist from mere producer to engaged researcher and critic. DAG strategy is to achieve long-term sustainable development for new media arts and new platforms where creative and civic communities could collaboratively invent alternative avenues for social development and change.

Kazakhstan
Almaty

The Eurasian Cultural Alliance is a public association that focuses on the arts and culture sector in the social and economic development of Kazakhstan. The Alliance’s main objective is to modernize the country’s arts and culture sector and create a strong cultural conglomerate capable of implementing socially important projects in Kazakhstan and abroad.  Among its activities are:  participation in the development and popularization of the contemporary art of Kazakhstan; enrichment of the cultural life of Kazakhstan and the Asian region, promotion the values of national and world culture; transformation of the urban environment; Public Cultural Zones (creation of cultural areas in shopping centers and recreation and entertainment parks); set-up art facilities  in frequently visited public places and in front of office buildings, etc.; organization of cultural events, such as festivals, concerts, exhibitions and fairs, scientific and creative discussions, creative laboratories, seminars, conferences, symposia, round tables, briefings, master classes, workshops, art residences.

Armenia
Yerevan

Eva Khachatryan is an independent curator, Vice-President of AICA Armenia (International Association of Art Critics), and a member of CIMAM (International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern and Contemporary Art). She runs the suburb.am platform.

Khachatryan was a curator at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA) and a co-director of its Department of Fine Arts. Her curatorial work focuses on women’s issues and new media in contemporary art.

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Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek

Artists and cultural managers Gulnara and Muratbek co-founded ArtEast. They have participated in numerous international exhibitions and biennials. As founders of ArtEast (2002), they curated Bishkek International Exhibitions of Contemporary Art (2005-2008), a project of ArtEast School for Contemporary Art (2009-2019), and public art festivals Art Prospect-Bishkek (2017-2018).

Muratbek Djumaliev participated as an expert at the Art Prospect Intensive in Socially Engaged Art, Odesa–Chisinau (2019).

They have received the Prince Claus Award, Amsterdam (2010) and were nominated for Artes Mundi 4, Wales International Visual Art Exhibition and Prize, National Museum Cardiff (2010).

Moldova
Chisinau

Founded in 2000 and based on rather long working experience as an independent cultural actor, Oberliht aims to interconnect dispersed artistic scenes and build an artistic community making use of public spaces. The Association aims to provide support to young artists and contribute to their professional development. It develops and maintains interdisciplinary platforms and projects aiming to connect the local and international contemporary art and culture initiatives, and advocates for a strong and independent cultural sector in Moldova and in the region. Its activities include: cultural action (supporting artistic production); research of public space transformations; advocacy actions; non-formal education; community building and organizing; editorial and publishing activity (translation and dissemination).

Ukraine
Kyiv

Open Place art platform supports creative research and strives to establish connections between the art process and different communities in Ukrainian society. Open Place’s activities support meetings and collaborations in order to offer a variety of perspectives on the development of art, politics and socio-cultural transition. Open Place’s goals are to form a cultural area, where society becomes an active participant in cultural events, a co-creator of common values, artistic events and cultural context and to take part in discussions, sharing experience, ideas and influences between artists and curators from Ukraine and other countries.

Azerbaijan
Baku

Salaam Cinema is a community based cinema and art space, run by a team of creatives to create social awareness through artistic practices and build bridges between communities, social classes and cultures.  The team has a horizontal organizational structure and operates the space by the fundamental principles of inclusivity, equality and diversity. Salaam Cinema’s mission is to: offer quality programming of creative films, performances, exhibitions & educational events; support local film-making and film history; support local artists and encourage community collaboration drawing inspiration from the city and activating the local urban vision; create opportunities for the development of personal skills for young creatives; and to build and exchange collective knowledge through non-formal education and experiential processes.

Georgia
Tbilisi

The State Silk Museum was built as part of the Caucasian Sericulture Station in 1887. The collections and exhibitions explore all aspects of silk production and its rich history. Since 2016, the museum has been collaborating with local and international contemporary artists and curators.

Armenia
Yerevan

The Suburb Platform is an initiative of AICA Armenia and Mekhitar Sebastatsi Art School to provide local and international artists and curators with an open space to exhibit and discuss art projects and solo exhibitions. Because Suburb Platform doesn’t have a permanent location, its main activities (artists’ talks, workshops, discussions, presentations and screenings) take place in different places in Yerevan. Independent curator, Eva Khachatryan, directs the residency program.  As a researcher and curator, her work focuses on self-organization and autonomy in the field of contemporary art.  Eva initiates and directs educational programs for emerging artists and organizes local and international exhibitions, presentations, and seminars and visual art and electronic music exchange programs.

Uzbekistan
Tashkent

Founded in 1976 as the first professional independent performing arts organization in the Soviet Union, The Ilkhom Theatre remains a destination of intellectuals’ pilgrimage, a place with strong creative cultural environment. The Ilkhom Center for Contemporary Arts presents up to 200 performances for more than 25,000 spectators a year, runs a number of international festivals and music programs, its exhibition space operates up to 8-10 art, photo, visual arts expositions and installations annually. Educational programs of the company outreach wide spectrum of young professionals in visual and performing arts. In 1994 The Ilkhom Theater established the first non-state School of Drama that still remains a leading arts education school in Central Asia. The Ilkhom Center for Contemporary Arts is a multi-disciplinary hub that hosts the Omnibus Ensemble of contemporary music, the Central Asian Laboratory for Young Directors, IlkhomRockFest and Ilkhom Jazz Club, conducts numerous international masterclasses in arts and concerts by musicians from around the world.

Moldova
Chisinau

Vladimir Us is an artist and curator based in Chisinau, Moldova and a founding member of the Oberliht Young Artists Association. He studied art, curating, cultural management and cultural policy in Chisinau, Grenoble and Belgrade. His work examines the processes involved in the transformation of public space in post-Soviet cities along with the need for creating an alternative network of public spaces in Chisinau.

Vladimir Us planned to insert himself into a local context in Bishkek and proposed holding an open workshop for the wider public and participants in the ArtEast School. The residency included a series of meetings with cultural and civic figures, artists, architects, urban planners and green movement representatives, film screenings and presentations, public actions and events in the city.

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