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October 6, 2022

Kazakh art in Bucharest: HERE I Am – Leyla Mahat

KMG International, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, brings to the attention of art aficionados in Bucharest the exhibition of Kazakh artist Leyla Mahat – HERE I AM –, which will be hosted at Galateca from March 11 to April 4. No entry fees.

“Leyla Mahat is one of the best-known plastic artists from Kazakhstan, having received numerous awards and recognition in various parts of the world. Her work crosses cultural and geographical boundaries, becoming a universal language of art that brings closer together people of different cultures. Her exhibition proposes a discourse on finding one’s own identity and on the relationship between humanity and nature, universal topics that are tackled every day, being of major importance in today’s world,” His Excellency Mr Daulet Batrashev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan, has stated.

“We have a long history in supporting national and international artists, as part of our commitment to contribute to the development of the cultural partnership between Romania and Kazakhstan through a variety of initiatives. We believe that education through art plays a very important role in the alternative development of communities. That is why we want to continue to support male and female artists who actively contribute to change,” KMG International Group Vice President Alexey Golovin has stated.

Leyla Mahat, (https://www.saatchiart.com/LeylaMahat) associate professor at the Faculty of Plastic Art, National Art University of Kazakhstan, has held exhibitions throughout the world, including in countries such as Italy, United States, India, China, Germany, Japan, Belgium, United Kingdom, and has won several awards, such as the State Medal Award – 20 Years of Independence, for her contribution to Kazakh culture, and the Franz Kafka award received in Prague, Czechia.

On the exhibition

HERE I AM tackles topics such as discovering one’s own identity and removing all that is not necessary, that is harmful to nature, in a consumerist world in which the relationship between humanity and the environment is rapidly deteriorating. Nature and the steppe are two important elements of inspiration for the artist.

“As I grow older, I become ever closer to myself. The useless layers are removed. (…) Earth struggles with pain and hardships. We’ve overheated it. We’ve divided it. We’ve cut it up, we’ve wounded it. And still we want more. And more.” (Leyla Mahat)

The exhibition can be visited at Galateca (2-4 C.A. Rosetti Street, District 1, Bucharest), from Tuesday to Friday, 12:00 to 20:00, and on Saturdays, 11:00 to 19:00, from March 12 to April 4.

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