PORTAL BISHKEKASSEL performance and Aralash zine exhibition by the

Bishkek School of Contemporary Art (BiSCA) at documenta fifteen (Bishkek – Kassel)

Gudskul’s Collective Studies 

“La Tabebh Series: Practicing inter&translocal collectivisms in GMT +6 to +9”

June 22
13:00 – 17:00 (Bishkek)
10:00 – 14:00 (Kassel)


National Museum of Fine Arts named after Gapar Aitiev, film lecture hall, 1st floor (Bishkek, Abdrakhmanov street 196)

Museum Fridericianum (Kassel, Friedrichsplatz 18)

Dear friends and colleagues!

This year we, the Bishkek School of Contemporary Art, are taking part in the international exhibition of contemporary art documenta fifteen as part of the ecosystem of the Gudskul Study Kolektif educational program and the La Tabebh collective.

On June 22, during documenta in Kassel we will present a one-day exhibition of Aralash zines and a collective performance. An important event on this day will be the opening of a “portal” that will connect Kassel with Bishkek.

PORTAL BISHKEKASSEL is an art action / performance by BiSCA, an interactive installation, which simultaneously engages visitors in two geographical locations – in the Fridericianum Museum (Kassel) and in the National Museum of Fine Arts named after Gapar Aitiev (Bishkek). Weaving threads in a common net, visitors of the exhibition in Bishkek and Kassel create a single field for the exchange of experiences, energy and emotions, despite all physical and geographical boundaries. 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.

Program (June 22, Bishkek):

13.00 – 14.00 Presentation of the BiSCA collective.

14.00 – 17.00 Collective sound performance, portal opening, installation creation.

21:00online (17:00-20:00 in Kassel, Fridericianum) Also there will be a Zine-catalog “Aralash-6” presentation, our zine dedicated to the TRASH-3 environmental art festival, held in 2021 in the Altyn-Kazyk settlement near city landfill. The presentation will take place in a hybrid format – offline in Kassel with the ability to connect online around the world via zoom https://zoom.us/j/97150025082, ID: 971 5002 5082). More info https://www.facebook.com/events/1020824245227205/ 

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:

Bermet Borubaeva

Ravshan Ta Jing

Oxana Kapishnikova

Diana Ukhina

Alima Tokmergenova

Sergei Khegai

Kanaiym Kydyralieva

Saadat Aitalieva

Syinat Dzholdosheva

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.

For questions on upcoming events: 0551714149, 0550 628386

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