Commissioner: Saltanat Abdyldaevna Amanova
Curator: Janet Rady
Exhibitor: Firouz Farman Farmaian
Venue: Hydro Space, Giudecca Art District, Giudecca 211/C
Building on the foundations of the 2005 Central Asian Pavilion, the Kyrgyz Republic participates for the first time as a dedicated country Pavilion with artist Firouz Farman-Farmaian. The exhibition investigates the immaterial substance of memory through the sourcing of archaic cosmogonies across sacred material, derived semiology, and spiritual realms. The artist draws inspiration from what he defines as a nomadic displacement, the result of his childhood exile following the 1979 Iranian Islamic revolution that led him to investigate his clan’s tribal past and, in this instance, the hereditary ties linking him to central Asia, Kyrgyz culture, and the myths and epics related to the idea of Turan.