One Steppe Forward (dynamic)
plastic bags on polyethylene
132 x 185 cm
This is another work from the One Steppe Forward series, which is based on the Qazaq Koktemi, a series of peaceful protests in Kazakhstan in 2019. During this time of social upheaval, thousands of Kazakhstanis protested against the fraudulent presidential election and the unlawful renaming of their capital city along with other troubling political events. This work resembles a protest banner and, as with all the works in this series, it is made from plastic bags, which the artist uses as a metaphor to symbolise how everyone, irrespective of background or social and cultural attitudes and united in the cycle of life.
Saule Suleimenova works on the edge of different techniques and media, including painting on photography, wax on paper, plastic bag collage and cellophane painting. She has a strong social impact in Kazakhstan. Her work was exhibited in but not limited to Self Festival of 56th Venice Biennale, Manifesta 11 in Zürich, Second Moscow biennale, Christie’s Auction House in London, East of Nowhere exhibition in Turin, Foundation 107, and the One Belt One Road exhibition of Hong Kong.
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