Astana hosted ‘Seven Veils of Eurasia’ exhibition

Astana is hosting a joint exhibition of art works by Russian photographer Alexey Krivtsov and Belarusian sculptor Andrey Ostashev. Their works are full of beauty, grace and mysteriousness. The creators’ masterpieces literally immerse the visitors in an imaginary world of legends and myths.

ANDREY OSTASHEV, ARTIST, SCULPTOR, BELARUS:

Each work is a certain scenario taken from life; it is reworked in a certain way to have a universal meaning which is not necessarily explicit. Patterns and symbols on these images and costumes take us slightly away from reality; create some kind of a parallel world, in which visitors can immerse themselves.

The art pieces represent a fusion of the Oriental and European cultures impressing the visitors with grace, freedom of self-expression and an invisible veil of harmony.

LEILA MAKHAT, CHAIRWOMAN, ‘KULANSHI’ CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER:

- I saw photographs of beautiful oriental girls presented in an absolutely European way and accompanied by a sculpture. This installation is made by a master who lives and works in the European part of the continent and at the same time uses images from Oriental mythology. I think that it reflects the beauty of the Eurasian sculpture.

The collection presents versatile images from traditional patterns to ultramodern experiments. As part of “The Seven Veils of Eurasia” project, photographer from Saint Petersburg Alexey Krivtsov took a look at the world of ballet from a completely new backstage perspective.

ALEXEY KRIVTSOV, RUSSIAN PHOTOGRAPHER:

- I took photographs under the stage, in the basement, behind the stage and backstage. It all led to discoveries of some secrets. The entire theater has been involved in the work, including the theater’s production team and the artists. It has allowed achieving such a good result.

AIZHAN MUKATOVA, LEADING SOLOIST, ASTANA BALLET:

- When you perform and dance on stage, it’s completely different, but photography requires a slightly different approach, I guess. What Alexey has done is amazing. He sees, probably, the best angles, emphasizes them so that viewers can fall in love with the photographs, leaving them wanting more.

The international exhibition will last until the end of May. It is open for public at the “Kulanshi” contemporary art gallery.