Bayaliev Smail


Born in 1952 in Iskander, former Kazakh territory, now Uzbekistan, lives and works in Shymkent, Kazakhstan

He is a founding member of the group Kyzyl Traktor (“Red Tractor”).
Video artist  graduated from the University of Arts in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Smaïl Bayaliyev realizes the performence The bird Simurgh in the Sufi Mosque Hodja Akhmed Yassawi in Turkestan. In this historic place, Smail runs a huge book whose pages are made of Kazakh traditional wool carpet (the syrmaks). The artist is dressed in an asian tunic and carries a Soviet gas mask while the image of a flock of birds flying before a hawk superimposes. The juxtaposition of references and mount the image and sound refers to the loss of the sacred and unifying traditions.


E.CITY ALMATY / KAZAKHSTAN : LIFE IS A LEGEND  5 December, 2014 to 8 March, 2015.