Durdy Bayramov “Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov: Turkmen Village Life 1960s-80s”

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Central Asia Lecture Series


Free Art Exhibition in the Munk School of Global Affairs cloisters, October 16 through November 16

Presentation on October 20 by Keya Bayramova (Bayramov’s daughter)

The Durdy Byramov Art Foundation in partnership with the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies will be hosting a free exhibition allowing visitors to experience life in Soviet era Turkmenistan from behind the lens of one of Eurasia’s preeminent artists.

Durdy Bayramov was raised as an orphan in Soviet Turkmenistan but rose to become widely recognized as one of Eurasia’s preeminent artists. During a prolific career that spanned nearly six decades, Bayramov created more than 5,000 works of art, many of which were acquired by prominent museums around the world. His work has been featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions, a number that continues to grow with every passing year. Bayramov worked and traveled extensively within Turkmenistan and around the world, a practice he continued until his final years.

These photographs were selected from Durdy Bayramov’s personal archive. Although he took great pleasure in photography, Bayramov used it primarily as a tool in his artistic process and never expected that others would find them fascinating in their own right. The images provide a rare and intimate glimpse into the customs and material culture of Turkmen villagers during this period, and at the same time reflect the profound human spirit shared by all communities.

More of Durdy Bayramov’s story and art can be found at www.durdybayramov.org


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