Online Public Lecture: Civic Activism Through Arts: What it is and How it is Practiced in Central Asia

Date: 12 May 2020
Other languages: Русский язык |
May 12th 2020, 4:30-5:30pm (Bishkek time, GMT+6)
Online Public Lecture

Altyn Kapalova
Research Fellow, Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit
University of Central Asia

Peaceful civic actions, strikes, and protests are increasingly exploring the use and possibilities of artistic expression. Often a civic action itself becomes a work of art. This lecture is not the result of research and does not contain theoretical conclusions. The lecture vividly explores civil art activities from around the world, with a special focus on Central Asian countries. The lecturer will take you on an excursion to learn about art history and civic activism over the last 5 years, in which various artistic languages were used: from theatrical and musical to visual and architectural. The presentation will include a demonstration of images including striking civic initiatives of artists, art institutions and individuals from various professions, who have used art to make their voices louder and more powerful.

Altyn Kapalova is an art critic, and has created experimental art products, combining science, art and politics. Altyn converts the results of her anthropological research into works of art and curated art projects, aimed at making the voices of vulnerable communities heard. Her curatorial expertise covers the visual arts, theater and creative writing.  She currently works as a Research Fellow at the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit of the UCA’s Graduate School of Development. Her research areas cover issues of cultural policy and cultural heritage of Kyrgyzstan, with a special focus on museum development and the creative industries in Central Asia.

This lecture will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams video conferencing on Tuesday, May 12th at 4:30-5:30 pm (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time) at:

The online lecture will be delivered in Russian.

Past online lectures are available on the University of Central Asia's YouTube channel at

Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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