Trans-Siberian Amazons

Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev


Installation, 00:02:03 min, 150 x (80 x 60 x 30 cm).
Materials: 150 chinese bags, dvd, 3 monitors, speakers, 3 dvd players, paper, carton

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK7733_M482).

Trans Siberian Amazons was originally shown in the first Central Asian Pavillion of the Venice Biennale. The installation, in a space constructed out of transport bags, unveils the reality behind the lasting custom of smuggling Chinese goods along the Trans-Siberian railway. The portrait of two women, who out of economic necessity trade domestic goods, gives the audience an insight into the survival strategies within the unsettled Post-Soviet environment. The melancholic songs sung at the end of the space contrast the endless line of the railroad as presented on the video’s in the side walls.

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