Location : Swiss Pavilion
The photographs by Dieter Seitz tell of a journey that starts in the traditional Nomads’ Land. The camera approaches people, exploring the cultural interaction and contradictions of the country, which in Kazakhstan oscillate between reminiscences of the Soviet era, revitalized Kazakh folk culture, and the consumer palaces of modern times. The devastation caused by the years of crisis after 1991 makes as profound of an impression as the attempt to start afresh for Kazakh society, leading to the new world of the Urban Nomads. Culture and everyday life are surveyed from a subjective viewpoint in these pictures. Markus Kaiser in his fact-rich essay examines the socio-cultural development of society and sketches their search for a new identity between nomad cult and modernity. The volume shows continuity, decay, and change in a post-socialist society, tracing the highly topical Cultural Topography of one of the biggest societies in transformation at the heart of Eurasia.
For more information: www.dku.kz www.seitzdieter.de
Everybody who is interested to join this event please inform the Guest Relations member at the main entrance of the Swiss Pavilion and you will be accompanied to the event.