Azerbaijan meets Central Asia in Berlin Azerbaijan - Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan 25.06.2017 - 29.07.2017 Rasim Huseynov, Samat Ishenbekov, Sayyora Muin, Kodir Rakhimov

Azerbaijan Rasim Huseynov works with finest brushes under a magnifying glass, a real miniature artist. His paintings are enchanting with their unrealistic-dreamlike presentations, which appear in bright colours and clear shapes in front of a black-green background, like water that surrounds the world. Throughout the world people are getting so fascinated by this technique and these mysterious figures, whose deeper meaning or their history is not immediately apparent: flying, floating girls and fishes, creatures composed of woman & horse, angel & bird. Rasim's works are intuitive and reflective; but touching great subjects. Kyrgyzstan Samat Ishenbekov's artwork takes us to the colourful world of Kyrgyzstan with its nomadic roots, the untouched nature from spectacular mountains down to crystal-clear lakes and the lived tradition. He finds all his motifs in his homeland and is characterized by his particular view of this fascinating landscape, his love for detail in showing Kyrgyz life and its people. Central Asian patterns can often be found in his paintings. Samat creates richly coloured fantasies that invite you to linger and experience by scenting emotions, joy, high spirits, hope, but also thoughtfulness. Uzbekistan Sayyora Muin's ink drawings are outstanding by their lightness and filigree – a characteristic of her very own signature. Hovering implies the inconceivable, not tangible, transient and delicate - like soap bubbles that enclose dreams. This new series shows drawings, which are very personal, however without losing any of this lightness. Subject is, like so often in her artwork, "finding yourself". Childhood memories and longings are processed amazingly. In her mirror images, she confronts Asia and Europe, showing the different influences, which, however, also have something connecting. Tajikistan Kodir Rakhmanov's artworks are deeply rooted in the traditions of the Tajik painting school. Based on this kind of school Kodir developed an independent, distinctive style that combines elements of the traditional oriental miniature as well as aspects of modern Western art. With his paintings Kodir wants to familiarize the viewer with the culture of the Tajik people in a modern way. He wants to present their ancient history and their aspiration for a new future through miraculous and colorful images. Besides his paintings he is one of the few and much known artist, who still does carved plaster panels (ganch-kori).