Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev
Kasmalieva and Djumaliev, born in 1960 and 1965, received the customary academic art training in Moscow and Leningrad respectively, before the USSR split into separate countries in 1991.
They live and work together in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
Their work offers an insight into Central Asia and its links to modern Russia. Through video and photographic installations they explore how the fall of communism has affected the lives of thousands of Kyrgyz people. They examine how economic and political unrest have changed lives, local economies and the ways of making a living.
Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev have had solo exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA, the Winkleman Gallery, New York, and a film screening at MoMA New York, USA.
The couple have shown their work in many biennales internationally and been included in group shows and the Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.
They have also established ArtEast, a not-for-profit organisation for art education in Bishkek in order that younger artists might experience and be able to exchange with others in the contemporary visual arts beyond Kyrgyzstan.