Erbossyn Meldibekov

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Born in 1964 in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, Erbossyn Meldibekov graduated from the Almaty Theatre and Art Institute, where he currently lives and works.

Through drawing, installation, painting, photography and video, his practice explores the role of visual culture in the dissemination of power in Post-Soviet Central Asia, following the region’s independence from Russian imperialism in 1991. 

For more than two decades he has created a unique practice that critiques the role of architecture, monumentality and values systems in the public domain. His practice reveals the regions complex position, which exists at the intersection of Stalins totalitarian regime, the shadow of heroes of the epic past, and an ongoing legacy of the Great Gameimplicating neighboring Afghanistans historical and current role in the stability of the region.  

Illuminating several of his conceptual inquiries concerning the role of architecture is the photographic series Family Album (2009-11). Within this series he collates photographs of his family against public monuments in the region taken before and after the collapse of the USSR, documenting the eradication of Lenin and Stalin’s image from the public space, and their replacement with national heroes such as Tamerlane or Genghis Khan, as a means of controlling the masses away from Soviet dogmas towards patriotic nostalgic pilgrimage.  

Multiple references to the “Great Game” and instability in the region find their expression within the incongruity of the bronze sculpture Grandfather and Child (2011). The piece features the busts of the forefather of the communist movement Vladimir Lenin next to the late Taliban terrorist Tahir Yuldashev, a former staunch communist. Through the use of irony and dark humor Meldibekov explores the scared and the profane and the relationship between the two nemesis: communism and Islam to tease out cultural and social discrepancies and the inherent contradictions that exist between the two.   

He has exhibited internationally, with recent notable exhibitions including Punk Orientalism, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, Canada, (2019); Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum, Suwon I’Park Museum of Art, Suwon, Korea (2018); Eternal Return, Suns and Neons above Kazakhstan, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku (2017); Eternal Return, A. Kasteev Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan (2015); the 6th Moscow Biennale (2015); the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) and the Central Asia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011 and 2015).

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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)

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    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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Press
  • 29 April 2014_ArtAsiaPacific- A Perpetual Loop The Work Of Kazakh Artist Erbossyn Meldibekovs | PDF
  • May/Jun 2010_ArtAsiaPacifc_Erbossyn Meldibekov_Why Monuments Become Myth | PDF
  • 201107-Nafas Art Magaine-Yerbossyn Meldibekov- Mutations | PDF
  • 2014 The Culture Trip_Society And The Monument In The Work Of Kazakh Artist Erbossyn Meldibekov | PDF

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