Marat Raiymkulov, Ratbay, ink on paper
The Kyrgyz artist's performances in the central spaces of the gallery on 17 May 2012 at 19:00 is entitled the King of the Rats. It embodies the unifying central concept that is displayed in the exhibition: small sized works on paper and disturbing video animations.
An evolution of micro events, isolated from the world of literature and philosophy (Franz Kafka, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Emil Cioran) and from the current political situation in his country and his own personal experience, resonate freely through gestures, words and the corrosive art of his drawings.
The artist exposes the traditional structure of the patriarchal family, analogies with the social power of capital, the technocratic divisions of class, the ideologies of "productivity", the exploitation of the earth and of women, and the inadequacies of logico-linguistic tools in interpreting both reality and the aims of the artwork.
Faced with such spectacular control, his characters are captured in blank observation, projections of impotence are professed in their fragility and existential nakedness. Thus, the prevailing sentiment is one that cannot be named: finding oneself outside of the powers that be, a nomad, being perceived only by echoes and fragments.
The only available course of action against the dictatorship of vision is to set free reasons that have been deprived of their foundations, where the language of art ceases to merely signify and returns to being a murmur of exhaustion, a game of the absurd and real anarchic struggle.
Marat Raiymkulov was born in 1984, lives and works in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
2011: Central Asia Pavilion of 54 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Artist and/in Community Project, Khorog, Tajikistan
2010: Vkl.Vykl Central Asian Exhibition, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Ecology of life, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - curatorial project
2009: Paradis perdu (illustrations of absurd drama) exhibitions, Alliance française in Almaty, Astana and Kostanay, Kazakhstan
The King of Rats, Marat Raiymkulov, curated by Ilari Valbonesi. Opening with an artist's performance - May 17th, 2012, at 19.00