e.city Almaty / Kazakhstan


Yerbossyn MELDIBEKOV “My Brother – My Ennemy”, 2000

Each year in Strasbourg since 2008, the “e.city” project has been playing host to a different European city, presenting the most dynamic and unique aspects of its culture.

Istanbul, Bucharest, Budapest, Gdansk and Rethymno in turn have revealed their unique arts scene and their cultural riches to the Strasbourg public.
While the basis of Apollonia’s “e.cité” project remains the exploration of new and innovative approaches by contemporary artists, it has constantly renewed its approach.
For the 2013 edition, “e.cité – Europe” Apollonia aimed to open up a broad European debate leaving aside national considerations. This would issues that have become crucial in the definition of regional cultural policies, including the role played by creation in transforming our European cities.

This year Apollonia will be crossing the frontiers of Europe to play host in Strasbourg to artists from Almaty, the undisputed cultural capital of Kazakhstan. The “e.cité” project will feature a series of events running from 4 December, 2014 to April 2015:

Programme of e-cité Almaty/Kazakhstan

– The Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is hosting the exhibition “Life is a Legend“, presenting for the first time in France a look at the contemporary Kazakh art scene of the last 20 years.
5 December, 2014 to 8 March, 2015.

– Stimultania is highlighting young Kazakh creation with a photographic exhibition, “Years of Silence“, featuring works by Syrlybek Bekbotayev and Gaisha Madanova.
23 January – end March 2015.

– Espace Apollonia is presenting an exhibition with works the studients of Master 1 Visual Arts and Master 2 “Critique-Essais” of the University of Strasbourg’s Faculty of Arts made after the workshop by Alexander Ugay, during his residence in Strasbourg.

Kazakh cinema is being showcased at the Odyssey art cinema with two recent films to be screened in December:
The Owners, by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, 2014.

– A cycle of video works by the artists Almagul Menlibayeva, Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Alexander Ugay,  Smail Bayaliyev, Syrlybek Bekbotayev will be unveiled at the event “Projected Visions – Kazakhstan” at the Strasbourg Museum Auditorium.
Tuesday, 9 December at 7 pm.

-A publication will be create for the whole of events.