2013 NOMADIC ART CAMP

2013 NOMADIC ART CAMP

Nomadic Art Camp is a symbol of spiritual and cultural legacy, diversity of cultures and art styles and directions. The main objective of the project is to increase awareness of the people about the importance of nature salvation, since harmonious relation between man and nature is an important resource for the future generation. The eyes were on the younger generation that will face the challenges of and will be the decision makers in the future. To draw the attention to such problems as environmental sustainability and preservation of nature as invaluable legacy and treasure trove for the future. Following the tradition of the previous successful launchings, the upcoming project is focused at understanding and promoting sustainable development and management of the identity and bio-cultural heritage of mountainous landscapes. The young artists and students from different regions of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Germany and Switzerland participated in a Nomadic Art Camp near Lake Issyk-Kul from 18 till 26 August, 2013 were encouraged to share various aspects of ecological memory and cultural heritage e.g. medicinal properties of plants, music and folklore and encouraged them to consider their environment, using art as means of expression and force for change (how it is today, how it is threatened, how they would like to see it). Awareness was raised and translated into action through workshops (including an international one), artwork planning and creation, the collaborative processes in the camp, the preparation and organization of the final presentation. The exhibition From the Present into the Future was from 30 August till 12 October 2013 in the Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts named after G. Aitiev and included artists, students and children works made in the framework of the Art Camp. The exhibition contributed to understanding of landscapes and their importance, as well as attracting attention to the threats of environmental degradation and related solutions. The Nomadic Art Camp is a unique enterprise, a platform to encounter different worlds, younger and older generations, diverse views on development and change, and varied representations of traditional and contemporary art. The main point is to provoke discussion and reflection that will be further crystallized into individual and collective works and projects as well as foster collaboration at the artistic, social, cultural, and even political levels.

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