M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste échte stappen in het digitale landschap. Ons doel is met behulp van nieuwe media de kunstwerken nog beter te kaderen dan we tot nu toe hebben kunnen doen.

We geven momenteel prioriteit aan smartphones en tablets, m.a.w. de in-museum-ervaring. Maar we zijn evenzeer hard aan het werk aan een veelzijdige desktop-versie. Tot het zover is vind je hier deze tussenversie.

M HKA goes digital

Embracing the possibilities of new media, M HKA is making a particular effort to share its knowledge and give art the framework it deserves.

We are currently focusing on the experience in the museum with this application for smartphones and tablets. In the future this will also lead to a versatile desktop version, which is now still in its construction phase.

Exhibition: Askhat Akhmedyarov — In Dialogue with Fire

M HKA, Antwerp

13 May 2023 - 03 September 2023

Askhat Akhmedyarov, Autumn Purge, 2012. M HKA, the Shagylys collection

Belonging to the generation of artists formed at the juncture of Soviet times and Kazakhstani independence, Askhat Akhmedyarov has been active since the 1990s. His multi-faceted practice — spanning drawing, photography, installation and performance — deals with the development of the historical and political landscape of Kazakhstan. His exhibition, titled In Dialogue with Fire, gathers reflections on the relationship between art and activism.

Akhmedyarov’s installation Balkhash (2021) and performance Save Bozzhyra (2021), in particular, bring attention to environmental issues, critically reflecting on Soviet colonial practices of forced modernisation, as well as today's reckless construction developments implemented at the expense of local ecology. Referring to personal and collective memory, the artist often incorporates traditional culture and shamanic rituals — such as, for instance, the ritual of purification by fire. The latter finds its contemporary interpretation in works such as Autumn Purge (2012) and In Dialogue with Fire (2019). His photographic series can also be seen as a poetic yet poignant reflection on the transition of Kazakhstani society from a nomadic to urban one. Combining a critical stance with irony, Akhmedyarov’s oeuvre allows for multi-layered reading, placing local issues in the global context and referring to the human condition at large.

As a museum with a special focus on Eurasia, M HKA engages with the plurality of culture across the total landmass we know as ‘Europe’ and ‘Asia’. For this reason, it also pays sustained attention to art from Central Asia. The presentation of works by Askhat Akhmedyarov is a result of the long-term collaboration with the Tselinny Center of Contemporary Art in Culture, Kazakhstan. As part of this partnership, the Tselliny generously engages with our museum through annually acquiring works from the region, and donating them to M HKA. These works form part of the Shagylys collection, which in Kazakh means ‘reflection’.

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> Askhat Akhmedyarov / Асхат Ахмедьяров, Autumn Purge / Осенняя чистка, 2012. Photography, digital print on matte paper , 7 x (40 x 60) cm.

> Askhat Akhmedyarov / Асхат Ахмедьяров, Alien / Пришелец, 2013. Photography, digital print on matte paper (x5), digital print on matte paper, aluminium mounted (x1), 5x ( 30 x 45) cm; 1 x (90 x 60) cm.

> Askhat Akhmedyarov / Асхат Ахмедьяров, In Dialogue with Fire / В диалоге с огнем, 2019. Video, 11 min 23 sec .

> Askhat Akhmedyarov / Асхат Ахмедьяров, Balkhash / Балхаш, 2021. Installation, metal rod, digital printing on ceramics (kese bowls).

> Askhat Akhmedyarov / Асхат Ахмедьяров, Save Bozzhyra/ Сохраним Бозжыра, 2022. Video, 11 min.