Ulan Djaparov (Kyrgyzstan) was born in 1960 and lives in Bishkek. He is an influential and dynamic figure among artists in Central Asia as an artist, curator, architect, and critic. Djaparov is a founding member of Studio Museum in Bishkek - a venue that has supported the development of many multidisciplinary art projects by dozens of artists since the early 1990s. His work ranges from performance-based video to installation and photography. As a pioneer of contemporary art in Kyrgyzstan, he has organized numerous exhibitions and art events in collaboration with artist couples like Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djoumaliev and Yelena and Victor Vorobyev. Djaparov is also the publisher of a quarterly bulletin on contemporary art.
Prominent recent exhibitions include:
3rd Bishkek International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Kyrgystan
Parallel: Experimental workshops and first exhibition of contemporary art of Tajikistan in Dushanbe, 2nd Bishkek International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Kyrgyzstan
Muzykstan: Media-generation of Contemporary Artists from Central Asia, Central Asia Pavillion, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
The Paradox of Polarity: Contemporary Art from Central Asia, curated by Leeza Ahmady at Bose Pacia, New York
The Taste of Others: Contemporary Art in Central Asia, curated by Leeza Ahmady at Apexart, New York