THE FESTIVAL OF VIDEOART IN BISHKEK

From 28 to 31 August, a cosy exhibition hall of the Artists’ Union of Kyrgyzstan hosted a small but representative and interesting festival of videoart from four Central Asian countries. The festival REFORMAT 13 gathered a group of curators, artists and film-makers who to some extent could be regarded as representatives of avant-garde as opposed to mainstream art, but the films shown at the festival demonstrated different degrees of non-conformism.

The festival was masterminded by Gamal Bokonbaev, a well-known curator, art critic and artist from Bishkek, who was also the curator of the attractive Kyrgyz programme. Yulia Sorokina from Kazakhstan brought with her only three films and Alexey Rumyantsev from Dushanbe presented a collection of short videos. As has become commonplace, the programme from Uzbekistan, compiled by Oleg Karpov, was the most formidable and contained a few relatively long films interspersed with the more traditional short ones.

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