A Country Without Artists: Commodification and National Representation in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan

Wednesday 27 March, 2013
12 - 1pm, $0

Columbia University, International Affairs
420 West 118 Street, Room 1219

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Please join the Harriman Institute for a Harriman Working Papers Seminar with Zhanara Nauruzbayeva (INTERACT Postdoctoral Fellow, Harriman Institute). This paper offers insight into the privatization of cultural production in postsocialist Kazakhstan. How does art, previously valued and remunerated by the Soviet state in terms of its "social relevance," becomes marketed to private art buyers? Drawing on ethnographic field research with artists and arts organizations in Almaty, I suggest that in the process of recruiting new patrons, artists and organizations reappropriate elements of the Soviet-era ideology of art and creatively incorporate them into the market they are trying to foster. Broadly, this study provides an insight onto the afterlives of the socialist regime that configure the ways in which marketization and privatization unfold in postsocialist societies. Image credits: Malik Zenger "Catching the Horse" 2008 This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

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