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

On June 22 the Bishkek School of Contemporary Art (BISCA) presented zine-catalog “Aralash-6” of the environmental festival Trash-3 in collaboration with Gudskul’s Collective Studies & The Bishkek School for Contemporary Art (BiSCA)
Documenta 15 ((Kassel, Fridericianum) in framework of Public Program La Tabebh Series: Practicing inter&translocal collectivism in GMT +6 to +9.

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” – collection of issues of the theoretical and practical zine “Aralash,” dedicated to the problems of contemporary art and the understanding of artistic processes in Kyrgyzstan and beyond.


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

Part 2. Trash-Festival Artists’ experience

  • “Agents of communication” – artist, Gluklya Pershina-Yakimanskaya
  • Oksana Kapishnikova
  • Aziza Akunova NGO “Kyrgyzstan’s students for a green economy”)
  • Annie Albagli
  • Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev (ArtEast)

Part 3. “Trash into Tresuares” – Bishkek-Chicago

  • Erika Dudley (Urban Growing Collective)
  • Melissa Potter
  • Megha Ralapati (HPAC, Chicago)
  • Open discussion

In collaboration with Tazar Kyrgyzstan, Hyde Park Art Center, CEC ArtsLink, ArtEast, Urban Growing Collective, Open Kitchen, NGO “Kyrgyzstan’s students for a green economy”)

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 presented the process of our work at the Museum Fridericianum at the opening of documenta fifteen in June 2022.
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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