Erbossyn Meldibekov

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Born in 1964 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, Erbossyn Meldibekov graduated from the Institute of Theatre and Fine Arts in Almaty, where he currently lives and works. His practice is informed by the ‘collapse of culture’ in post-Soviet Central Asia; namely, in his native Kazakhstan, where political and social disarray exists, and rivalling political and commercial tribes clash over the distribution of power and wealth.

The artist also examines the collapse of civility within a post-9/11 environment. He references the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and draws on Central Asia’s epic historical past, including conquests that have accumulated a sea of ‘heroic’ monuments throughout the region.

Meldibekov deploys his ideas via a range of diverse mediums, such as video, performance, architecture and installation, which offer viewers absurd, heroic and humorous visual interpretations of human interplay.

He has exhibited internationally, with recent solo shows including Centauromachy (2007), Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Hyper Muslim (2006), Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia; and Pastan (2006), Galleria Nina Lumer, Milan, Italy; as well as recent group shows including Time of the Storytellers (2007), Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; 2nd Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia; and Thaw, or In the Middle of the Road (2007), Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, among other shows at the 51st Venice Biennial inaugural Central Asian Pavilion, Venice, Italy; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; and KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany.

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    Persian Carpet

    2009
    Leather and nails
    116 x 118 cm

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    Plates (in collaboration with Nurbossyn Oris)

    2009
    Painted ceramic plates
    diameter 32.5 cm
    Edition 1 of 4

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    The Peak of Communism

    2009
    Mixed media installation
    diameter 35.5 cm - height 14 cm

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    German Hope

    2007
    Mixed media, chair with matches
    edition 4 of 5

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    Seasons in the Hindu Kush - Summer

    2009
    Mixed media installation
    130 x 46 x 32 cm (51 x 18 x 12 ½ in)

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    Asian Weapon 4 (drawing)

    2009
    Drawing
    40 x 35 cm
    Edition 1 of 4

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    Asian Weapon 1 (drawing)

    2009
    Drawing
    40 x 35 cm
    Edition 1 of 4

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    The Map of Chingiz Khan

    2007
    Mixed media collage installation
    180 x 300 cm
    edition 3 of 5

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    My Brother My Enemy

    2000
    Digital photograph
    100 x 137 cm
    edition 1 of 5

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    Alien

    2008
    Digital photograph
    100 x 70 cm
    edition 1 - 3 of 4

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    Esminez (drawing and writing)

    2009
    Drawing
    50 x 120 cm

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    Gattamelata (previously Monument to Unknown Hero)

    2007
    Mixed media installation with horses’ hooves
    approx. 25 x 8 cm each hoof

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    Mutation - Four sculptures

    2009
    Bronze
    x3: 30 x 30 x 15 cm x1: 35 x 30 x 15 cm

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    Grandfather and Child - Three sculptures

    Aluminum
    x3: 30 x 30 x 15 cm x1: 35 x 30 x 15 cm

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    Winter on the Peak of Lenin Spring on the Peak of Avicenna - Two sculptures

    2 metal pots and text
    Diameter: 36 cm

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    Sickle and Hammer

    Bronze, Metal and Wood
    40 x 26 x 26 cm

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    Family Album

    2007
    Photo Album and 10 - 13 framed photographs
    Album: 35 x 25 cm, size of photographs (unframed) 40 x 55 cm

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    One Golden Thread in a Central Asian Carpet or China Beware

    Metal brushes
    Approx: 150 x 130 cm

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    Self Portrait

    2013
    Bronze
    Each 23 x 11 x 14 cm (9 x 41⁄2 x 51⁄2 in)

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    Borderline

    2014
    Paper and cardboard
    126x94x120cm(491⁄2x37x471⁄4 in)

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    Mountain Village

    2014
    Plywood
    122 x 168 cm (48 x 66 in)

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    Transformer

    2013
    Bronze and wood
    Dimensions variable
    edition 2/2

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    Traffic Light

    2013
    Lenticular print
    Each 21 x 42 cm (81⁄4 x 161⁄2 in)

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    Contest

    2013
    10 archival photographs of drawings
    35 x 45 cm (133⁄4 x 173⁄4 in)
    edition 2/4

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    Fashion in Hindu Kush

    2012
    Photographic print
    Each 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 in)

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    Headquarters of Genghis Khan

    2014
    Laser drawing on Yak skin
    116 x 233 cm (451⁄2 x 913⁄4 in)

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    Masks: Self-Portrait 1 (3)

    2000-2014
    Bronze relief
    17 x 16 x 15.5 cm (6½ x 6¼ x 6 in)

  • Erbossyn Meldibekov
    Masks: Self-Portrait 1 (4)

    2000-2014
    Bronze relief
    19 x 18 x 10 cm (7½ x 7 x 4 in)

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