Organizer: NGO Eurasian Cultural Alliance 

General partner: Soros-Kazakhstan Foundation

Curator: Yuliya Sorokina

Founder and co-curator: Olga Veselova

The period of education: May-September 2018

The School of Artistic Gesture (SAG) in 2018 is held for the third time. The main theme of the school this time will be the understanding of urban identity. It will be an anthropological artistic study of the role of place in human life. Does man create the space in which he lives, or does space dictate man?

This year's innovation will be the creation of SAG participants on the basis of the knowledge gained not one exhibition, but about 10 exhibition projects in the framework of the international festival of contemporary art ARTBAT FEST 9.

In order to understand the processes of the exhibition project and successful work in the team, lectures on art management (school tutor, curator Yuliya Sorokina) and legal issues in the work of the artist (lawyer Zhibek Karamanova) were held.

A separate lecture program of the School was devoted to the study of the identity of Almaty. Local historian Olga Sergienko told about the history of pre–revolutionary Almaty, and art historian Elizaveta Malinovskaya - about the Soviet period of the city.

This year the new partner of the School of Artistic Gesture was the Faculty of philosophy and political science of the al-Farabi KazNU. With the participation of teachers of the Faculty and students of the SAG was held a round table on "The Semiotic approach to the understanding of culture". With the beginning of the academic year, will be organized lectures on contemporary art and meetings with Kazakhstani artists in Russian and Kazakh languages especially for students of the Faculty of philosophy and political science.

Traditionally, July is the time of practical training and protection of their projects at SAG.


And also there were master classes:
July 14-16 - master-class on urbanism of the Russian urbanist, head of the center for applied urbanism (CPU) Svyatoslav Murunov.
July 18, 22 - master-class on working with the space by Kazakhstani artist Alexander Ugay.
July 25-29 - master-class on critical writing by historian and critic of contemporary art Andrey Fomenko (Russia).

In August, the School students will work on the creation of their projects. On August 24-25, exhibitions will be opened throughout the city of Almaty within ARTBAT FEST 9.   

General partner of School of Artistic Gesture-2018 -

Soros-Kazakhstan Foundation

We thank Faculty of philosophy and political science of the al-Farabi Kazakh National University for the auditorium 



For all inquiries please contact:

Aleksey Perov, coordinator

+7 777 684 53 21

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