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Main | Archive | Issue 7/2008

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright...
Column: The Arts

The Kino Gallery acquainted Muscovites with the distinctive works of the Uighur artist Abdukarim Isa, who was born in Kashgar, China, and is now living and working in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He brought a series of paintings and drawings called Tiger Calligraphy to Russias capital. In them, the cultural traditions of the peoples of the Far East, Siberia, and Altai are combined with modern avant-garde techniques. The series is a plastic and chromatic elaboration of the theme Tiger, which is the totem of the Uighurs, a nomadic people who were part of a Hun tribal alliance in ancient times. Between 745 and 840, they had their own Uighur Kaganate. The ancient Uighurs made up epics and tales about the Great Tiger. It was depicted on carpets and rulers were named after the tiger. Abdukarim Isas tiger is both a sacral image and hieroglyphic sign. The way he depicts it varies between quite realistic images and abstract color combinations.

Oleg Torchinsky.
Photos by Alexander Bibik.


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