Ştefan RUSU

curation / projects

Spaces on The Run

SPACES ON THE RUN – Mapping, activating, rethinking the status of public spaces in Central Asian context

Mobile Workshops (Dushanbe, Almaty and Bishkek), Seminars, Research Documentation Lab, Projects in Public Space (Dushanbe), Publication

Project contributors: Victor DUBOVITSKIY(TJ), Madina JUNUSSOVA&Elena TYO(KZ), Natalia ANDRIANOVA(KGZ), Abdumannop ZIYAEV(UZ), Gafur SHERMATOV(TJ), Vladimir US(MD), [STEALTH.unlimited]-Ana DZOKIC&Marc NEELEN (SRB/NL), Gamal BOKONBAEV(KGZ), Yuliya SOROKINA(KG), Nelya KORZHOVA(RU) and Stefan RUSU(MD).

Art projects and interventions in public space by Ewa RUDNICKA(PL), Alexander NIKOLAEV(UZ), Jamshed KHOLIKOV(TJ), Aleksei RUMYANTSEV(TJ), Surayo TUYCHIEVA(TJ), Bakhytzhan SALIKHOV(KG), Murodjon SHARIFOV(TJ), Suleiman SHARIFI(TJ), Gulbara OMOROVA(KGZ), Sitora Tursunova(TJ) and Bahtier RAKHIMOV(TJ).

Project curator: Stefan Rusu

Spaces on the Run project was inspired by fundamental transformation of public space that took place in conjunction with the fundamental changes that occurred in Central Asian countries in the early nineteen-nineties, as one country after the other claimed independence. The main objectives of the project were not only to investigate how these changes affected the function and role of public spaces in major cities (Dushanbe, Almaty, Bishkek, and Tashkent) but also to engage with these spaces, using contemporary art practices and social engagement as tools for activating and creatively appropriating them. The project consisted of a research and documentation laboratory, theoretical seminars, and a number of art projects/interventions in public space, developed by participants from Central Asia (Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan). The final presentation of the project included public programs and art projects in public space of Dushanbe. This process, in addition to introduction of creative practices into the public sphere, also implied interaction with local communities and the formation of a new public.

The project publication encompass project components divided in four chapters; the first chapter introduces essays and contributions by invited researchers, second chapter is dedicated to a moving research platform across Central Asia – Mobile Workshops organised in Dushanbe, Almaty and Bishkek, highlighting some of the cases. This chapter also introduces the research-documentation laboratory and theoretical seminars developed in Dushanbe along with essays by invited curators. The last chapter comprises the documentation of art projects in public space realized by invited participants in Dushanbe. This project was supported by Prince Claus Fund/NL, Arts Colaboratory – a Hivos&DOEN Foundation programme/NL, Open Society Institute – Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan, Swiss Cooperation Office, Tajikistan and was co-funded by: Goethe Institute Tashkent/UZ, Goethe Institute Almaty/Kazakhstan, Adam Mickiewicz Institute Poland. Regional project partners and co-organizers of Mobile Workshop in Almaty and Bishkek: Urban Initiative “Ctrl+S Almaty”, Kazakhstan, “Urban initiatives”- Public Foundation, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Project organizer: Dushanbe Art Ground (PF Sanati Muosir)