“Naryn-Syr Darya: Three Stories of the River”
The University of Central Asia’s Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU) in collaboration with Tubingen University, organised a two-week workshop in June at the Naryn campus for artists and a research project team to develop futuristic concepts of peaceful coexistence of the Naryn - Syr Darya river and the social life of people. It was organised within the ‘Social Life’ of a River: Environmental Histories, Social Worlds and Conflict Resolution along the Naryn-Syr Darya” project, which is supported by the Volkswagen Stiftung Foundation.
As part of this project, a four-year study was conducted by a group of anthropologists, political scientists and historians led by Dr. Jeanne Féaux de la Croix from Tubingen University, Germany, in several cities and villages including Casaly (Kazakhstan), Naryn (Kyrgyzstan), Shamaldy-Sai (Kyrgyzstan), Fergana (Uzbekistan), Khujand (Tajikistan).
The results of this experimental collaboration of artists and researchers were compiled by UCA and Tubingen University into a “Naryn - Syr Darya: Three Stories of the River” exhibition, which was held on June 14th at the Kaken Mambetalieva Naryn Historical-Ethnographic Museum in Naryn.
“The opening of this exhibition became a town event and aroused great interest among Naryn residents and guests,” noted Anara Sabitova, Director of the Regional Museum. “Such experimental exhibitions with creative art are gaining great popularity all over the world and our museum is trying to follow the new trends to diversify the town’s cultural life.” The exhibition will be mobile and will also be presented in other Central Asian countries.