“Recently The Art Institute of Chicago commissioned Kasmalieva and Djumaliev to create a work specifically about the economy and culture of the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that connects East and West. Also included in the exhibition is one of their better-known works, Trans-Siberian Amazons (2004), which appeared in the first Central Asia pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale. This work has been streamlined into a three-channel video installation. Not content with simply providing tourist snapshots or documentary footage, Kasmalieva and Djumaliev employ various filmic techniques in a subtle way to produce an artful vision of the real. "

Jason Foumberg, Frieze, April 2007

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Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev (2012)

Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djuamliev (2008)

I Dream of the Stans (2008)

Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev (2006)

Selected Bibliography

"Mapping Mobilities, 5th to 7th June in Vienna," Digitalarti Magazine Blog, May 22, 2012

Courtney Brooks, "Kyrgyz Artists Highlight Migrants' Big-Apple Illusions," Radio Free Europe, March 1, 2012

Roberta Smith, "Museum and Gallery Listings," The New York Times, January 8, 2009

Deirdre Tynan, EurasiaNet, April 11, 2008

Emily Newman, Artforum, December, 2007

Art Margins, Susan Snodgras, 2007

Frieze Magazine, Jason Foumberg, 2007

Chicago Tribune, Alan G. Artner, February 15, 2007

Artforum, Elena Sorokina, October 2006

James Wagner, "Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev at Plus Ultra," Jameswagner.com, June 18, 2006

Art in America, Thomas McEvilley, December 2005

Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev



Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

A New Silk Road

A New Silk Road

New Menhirs Series

New Menhirs Series

Something About Contemporary Nomadism

Something About Contemporary Nomadism, 2006

Trans Siberian Amazons

Trans Siberian Amazons, 2005


Revolution, 2005

Into the Future

Into the Future, 2005

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