DV TRANSFERRED TO DVD, 4:3 PILLARBOX, BLACK AND WHITE, SOUND, 6:50 MINUTES, KYRGYZSTAN, NO DIALOGUE / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: COURTESY THE ARTIST AND BISHKEK ART CENTER
Amankul’s practice spans video, photography and installation and engages with a contemporary world infused with history and tradition. In the 2007 work Duba (which in Kyrgyz means ‘cleaning the soul’), a shaman performs a traditional healing ritual. As Amankul explains, ‘They use the aspect of surprise, seemingly strange or frightening behaviour and sounds that might lead to confusion within the person to be cured. The aspect of surprise wakens natural forces on a subconscious level and helps to overcome illness.’ A split screen presentation in Vatan presents a multitude of images from Kyrgyzstan; against the soundtrack of a lone voice singing, the procession of images of poverty, protest, the military and growing environmental problems offers a deeply moving insight into the country’s contemporary issues.
Contact: Sat 24 Oct 2.30pm (with Vatan + Duba) and Sat 7 Nov 1.30pm (with Spelling Dystopia + Vatan + Duba + Measure of Distance) / Cinema A