SAPAR Contemporary's Almaty Project is working on a series of multi-media exhibits developed around Neo-Nomad concept by a team of curators, Basak Senova (Ankara) and Timur Nusimbekov (Almaty). The curatorial team currently is working on a multi-site Neo-Nomadic concept that evolves around the notion of traditional and digital nomadism and aesthetics connected to nomadic experiences. They explore the relationship between traditional nomadic cultures of Central Asia and Middle East, as well as other countries along the Silk Road and contemporary experience of migration, globalization and hypermobility. The artists and curators will explore the aesthetic and sensorial aspects of nomadic existence. The first two editions of these projects will open in 2016.
Timur Nusimbekov is a curator of SAPAR Contemporary Almaty and a representative of a new creative generation in Kazakhstan. He has researched and written extensively on nomadic culture, as parts of his native Kazakhstan remained nomadic until the mid-20th century, and contemporary art. Nusimbekov has curated social art and photography exhibits in Almaty including two editions of Art of You, a multi-art contemporary cultural event. He also has produced music events, ranging from hip-hop to folk and classical, and promoted young Central Asian artists and musicians, a well as Kazakh’s modern masters.Nusimbekov has been active as a journalist and editor with local print and online platforms, including Esquire Kazakhstan, Adam Reader’s, Kult.kz and arba.ru.
Basak Senova has been writing on art, technology and media, initiating and developing projects and curating exhibitions since 1995. She is one of the founding members of NOMAD, as well as the organizer of "ctrl_alt_del" and "Upgrade!Istanbul". Senova was the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale. She also curated Zorlu Center Collection for two years (2011-2012), and co-curated the UNCOVERED (Cyprus) and the 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In 2014, she was the curator of the Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014 and the Jerusalem Show. In 2015, she curated the Pavilion of Republic of Macedonia at the 56th Venice Biennale and she recently was appointed as the curator of 4th Biennial Land Art Mongolia 360°.