6 November – 20 December 2020
AYATGALI TULEUBEK: YOU WILL MEET A BIRD WITH STRANGE FEET
Opening: Friday 6 November 2020
Exhibition: 7 November – 20 December 2020
Ayatgali Tuleubek’s new film You Will Meet a Bird with Strange Feet centers on the Soviet TV-healer Allan Chumak, whose nationally broadcast healing sessions supposedly made the Kazakhstani artist’s neighbor, who had previously turned gray, retrieve his dark hair. Intertwining the powers of technology and mythology, personal recollection and the political ambience of perestroika, the work reenacts the choreography of the healer’s Reiki-like waving hand movements, performed by dancer Mina Weider and instructed by artist and designer Ida Falck Øien. The earnest belief in screen-based curative connectivity, and that remote therapy can restore the body’s internal harmony, is staged and debated by the contemporary protagonists. Slowly working through questions spanning from the healing of a dissolving superpower’s wounds to personal homeopathy, the actors relate to the frail belief systems and actions taken in times of online communication, financial capitalism, and pandemic contamination.
*Tuleubek (b. 1985) has recently exhibited at, among other places, Ca’ Foscari, Venice (2019); the Göteborg International Biennial (2019); and Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm (2018). An alum of the Oslo Academy of Fine Art, Tuleubek co-directs the artist-run venue Podium in Oslo.