We are very happy to have Ayatgali Tuleubek in our studios these weeks, who have been invited to Bergen in a collaboration between Aldea, Hordaland Art Centre and BEK. Earlier this summer, he was one of the tutors at Hordaland Art Centre’s Summer Academy, and at the end of September, the work currently being developed at BEK will be shown in Aldea’s gallery.
Ayatgali Tuleubek is currently working on a film project; it takes a starting point in the practice of Allan Chumak – a self-proclaimed healer who was extremely popular in the late 80’s in the Soviet Union. Despite that Marxism was the official ideology of the state, and all kinds of religious beliefs were not welcome, he somehow managed to sneak into the state television. His healing seances were very popular and families across the whole USSR, including Tuleubek’s, were captivated by his live appearance on the TV. Tuleubek is interested in exploring this phenomenon as one of the roots which lead to the diffusion of all kinds of “alternative” belief systems in the everyday culture. So, he asked an artist and a dancer to take on the roles of a director and an actor to reenact Chumak’s healing, and he has documented the process of working towards it.
The project will be shown at the solo exhibition opening at Aldea’s gallery on 26th September. From 18 – 25th September, it will be possible to meet Tuleubek in the gallery while the exhibition is being installed. This will be a great opportunity for the audience to meet the artist and get to know the project better. Please sign up for an appointment by sending an e-mail to the artist firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ayatgali Tuleubek is an Oslo based artist who graduated from the Oslo Academy of the Arts in 2014. His practice is mostly dealing with questions concerning technology in the broadest sense of the term. Teleubek has had solo shows at She Will Artspace (Ski, duo collaboration with Michael Rasmussen), Akershus Kunstsenter and Studio 17 in Stavanger. Recently he has participated in group shows such as “Part of the Labyrinth” at Göteborg Biennial, “What if the image is shown next to an historical fact?” at Tenthaus, Oslo and Sparebankstiftelsen DNBs stipendutstilling at Oslo Kunstforening, among others.