Zine-catalog “Aralash-6” presentation of the environmental festival Trash-3

Gudskul’s Collective Studies & The Bishkek School for Contemporary Art (BiSCA)
Documenta 15, in framework of Public Program
La Tabebh Series: Practicing inter&translocal collectivism in GMT +6 to +9
June 22, 5pm-8pm (Berlin time). Kassel, Fridericianum + online
Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/97150025082 (Meeting ID: 971 5002 5082)

BiSCA will present a zine-catalog ARALASH-6* and moderate discussion about art + ecology. ARALASH-6 is a zine-catalog ecological art-festival TRASH-3, which was held in 2021 as part of the study “Art + Ecology” and focused on environmental equality issues. Due to the situation of the pandemic in 2021, the art festival took place in several stages, which included work on the research base, a series of online and offline educational events, and public events with presentations in the Altyn-Kazyk housing estate, which is located near the landfill. 

 *ARALASH” During the one-month Artist in Residency project, Georgian book artist Nini Khuroshvili was working together with the students of ArtEast to create an experimental zine. 8 students of ArtEast were actively involved with their individual projects, working on the ideas they were interested in and sitting on:) Collecting all the raw materials, creating moodboards, discussing about: format, paper, binding, presentation, plus drinking chai” was a pleasant working process.

 Program (3 parts)

17:00 – 18:00

Part 1. Introduction

  • Introduction – co-curators of Trash-3 Festival – Bermet Borubaeva & Aimeerim Tursalieva
  • Zine Presentation – Alima Tokmergenova 
  • “Library of resued books” – Ravshan Ta Jing

18:00 – 18:30

Part 2. Trash-Festival Artists’ experience:

  • “Agents of communication” – artist, Gluklya Pershina-Yakimanskaya
  • Oksana Kapishnikova
  • Annie Albagli
  • Muratbek Djumaliev (ArtEast)

18:30 – 19:00 

Part 3. “Trash into Tresuares”

  • Megha Ralapati (HPAC, Chicago)
  • Erika Dudley (Urban Growing Collective), Melissa Potter, Alyx Christensen & Rudy Medina (Open Kitchen)
  • Simon Dove (CEC ArtsLink, NY)

19:00 – 20:00 – Open floor for the discussion and reflection, participants can share their experiences

 In collaboration with Tazar Kyrgyzstan, Hyde Park Art Center, CEC ArtsLink, ArtEast. Urban Growing Collective, Open Kitchen, Students of Kyrgyzstan for a green economy)

Another Performance by BiSCA this day will be The Kassel-Bishkek live portal will open on June 22 at 14.00 (in Bishkek), but we are waiting for you at 13.00 in the film lecture hall of the museum to tell you about us and how we became part of such a grand event as documenta fifteen. https://bishci.com/en/portal-bishkekassel-2/ 

Program (June 22, Bishkek):

1The Kassel-Bishkek live portal 
13:00 – 17:00 Bishkek(GMT+6,Bishkek time)
National Museum of Fine Arts named after Gapar Aitiev (Abdrakhmanov st.196)13.00 – 14.00 Presentation of the BiSCA collective.14.00 – 17.00 Collective sound performance, portal opening, installation creation.
10:00 – 14:00 Kassel, (GMT+2, Berlin time)Museum Fridericianum (Friedrichsplatz 18)Parallel collective sound performance, portal opening, installation creation.
2Zine-catalog “Aralash-6” presentation of the TRASH-3 environmental art festival
21:00 – 00:00 Bishkek(GMT+6,Bishkek time)Online via zoom https://zoom.us/j/97150025082, ID: 971 5002 5082). 
17:00 – 20:00Museum Fridericianum (Friedrichsplatz 18)


The documenta fifteen exhibition takes place in Kassel every five years, and Kyrgyzstan will be presented for the first time (within the GUDSKUL space). This opportunity came about thanks to our participation in Gudskul Study Kolektif educational program (October 2021 – May 2022, batch 4, curators – ruangrupa, Serrum and Grafis Huru Hara). Together with 7 collectives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan, we are building a critical and experimental dialogue, through sharing process and experience-based learning. . As a result of our communication, our exchange of knowledge and experience, La Tabebh collective of collectives was born.

We will present the process of our work at the Museum Fridericianum at the opening of documenta fifteen in June this year. 

In addition to BiSCA collective representation at the exhibition, a member of our team, Diana Ukhina, will present an individual sound performance in Kassel on June 28 as part of another initiative for documenta fifteen – DAVRA. DAVRA is a collective of 19 young artists from Central Asia created by Saodat Ismailova, exploring the common cultural heritage of the region. A red thread running through all DAVRA projects is the concept of “сhilltan” (from Persian “forty bodies, forty people”), denoting holy entities or spirits present in Central Asian mythology.

The Bishkek School of Contemporary Art (BiSCA) is an informal, self-organizing collective, where we exchange thoughts, emotions and energy in connection with art as a practice. The participants are involved in the creation of the School for free.

Our collective:

Oxana Kapishnikova

Ravshan Ta Jing

Diana Ukhina

Alima Tokmergenova

Sergei Khegai

Kanaiym Kydyralieva

Saadat Aitalieva

Syinat Dzholdosheva

Bermet Borubaeva

Event partners: National Museum of Fine Arts named after Gapar Aitiev, Art workshop SYNERGY, Gudskul’s Collective Studies, La Tabebh, Documenta 15. 

The project is partly funded by the Swiss government.

For any questions, please contact us at bishkekartschool@gmail.com.

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