“Apples in Bushwick” A Screening of Visual Artists from Almaty, Kazakhstan

This screening will showcase the creations of visual artists who live and work in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

“Alma” in Kazakh means “apple,” and Almaty is often translated as “full of apples” or “city of apples”.


September 30, 2013

at 8:30pm

at The Living Gallery

$3 Suggested Donation

"Apples in Bushwick" A Screening of Visual Artists from Almaty, Kazakhstan

In the past the city was surrounded by apple orchards. Sadly, not anymore. Folklore has it that Almaty is the birthplace of all the apples in the world. Some of the artists have studied abroad, and others are self taught. The showcase represents various works, both commercial and independent projects made in the last decade.

The program will consist of 4 parts:

1) Music videos
2) Video art
3) Animation
4) Short films

A Q&A will follow the screening.


Malik Zenger (1986) studied film directing at New York Film Academy, Universal Studios, via the Bolashak, a Kazakh state scholarship program. In 2011, his “Shorties” animation was screened in Marseille, France.

Alexander Bakanov (1982) grew up in Russia and Kazakhstan. Alexander shot his first film in 2001. In the past, he has worked as a director of animation, music as well as documentary videos. Through his work Alexander have traveled extensively over Central Asia – in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. His work has been screened at festivals in Europe, Russia as well as Asia.

Eric Balison (1989) studied Storyboarding at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. In his four years there, he also took courses in animation, illustration and editing. In 2012, he wrote, directed and edited a short film called Herald.

Irina Maslikova (1978) studied textile art at the Kazakh National Art Academy. She experiments with photography, video, painting and textiles.

Katya Nikanorova (1981) is qualified as an architect and urban-planner. Starting in 2000, she has been involved in the contemporary art scene, exhibiting her work, participating in seminars and workshops, creating installations as well as working in various visual mediums such as films, photography, collage-making. In her exhibited-work she focuses in on problems concerning architecture, landscape as well as urban-planning. She has participated in exhibits in Almaty, Bishkek, Moscow, Turin, London and Paris. Starting in 2012, she has organized her own Biennale, titled “Biennale of Katya Nikonorova,” based in Almaty.

Diana Yun (1986) graduated from a university with a degree in international journalism in Almaty. During her studies she got involved with the Soros Center for Contemporary Art in Almaty. Immediately after graduating she moved to New York. She decided to fully dedicate her time to art and is now pursuing her second undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Her work has been exhibited in Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, America and Italy.

Adil Azhibayev (1986) studied finance at the university. At the moment, music and filmmaking are his primary hobbies.

Rinat Bekchentayev (1986) is currently studying film directing at the Moscow New Cinema School.

Olzhas Bayalbayev (1990) is a film director, editor, sound specialist and entrepreneur. He is a recent graduate from the New York Film Academy (Bolashak Scholarship).

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