Social Practice Art with Children in Taraz, Kazakhstan 2013

Gulnara the art teacher and her students in front of her art school in Taraz, Kazakhstan

Gulnara and her students with The Artpologists in front of her art school in Taraz, Kazakhstan

We are preparing for a new Artpologist project. This summer our project “Social Practice Art with Children” will take place  in the southern city of Taraz, Kazakhstan with the art teacher Gulnara Kospakova, a group of artists, art students and members of the community. The project will be a series of workshops for two months that will culminate into an exhibit about the life of the town and the members of the community that work and live there. We hope to give an opportunity for those who have never worked on an art project that is based on the approach of “social practice art”.

Typical House in Taraz

Typical House in Taraz

Young students and historian looking at petroglyphs

Young students and historian looking at petroglyphs

Teacher Gulnara Kospakova with student painting plein-air watercolors with student

Teacher, Gulnara Kospakova with a student painting plein-air watercolors

Art historian explaining local history

The art group’s resident historian explaining local Taraz history

I’ve been working on this Artpologist Collective for the last 7 years with my wife who is an anthropologist and friends who’ve collaborated with us along the way.  We have created art installations ,artist actions and public art pieces that engage with communities in different locations around the world. A Kickstarter for this project will be released next week. I’ll keep you all posted when it starts.

The Art School in Taraz

The Art School in Taraz

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