apexart, New York

March 5th 2005

Press Release

Invitation

Curatorial Statement

The Taste of Others

Ahmady launched The Taste of Others in March 2005 as an on-going educational and curatorial program to connect contemporary artists of Central Asia to artists, art professionals, and institutions in other parts of the world. The program includes a series of traveling exhibitions, lectures, screenings, artist-talks, and publications presented at various private and public galleries, museums, and academic-university settings throughout the United States and abroad. Recently, Ahmady expended the initiative to also include placement of artworks in private and public collections.

As a recipient of Asia Art Archive's Martell Contemporary Asian Art Research Grant, Ahmady returned to Central Asia to research the development of contemporary art in the region. She interviewed & documented the works of 85 artists, curators, and art managers. Asia Art Archive, a Hong Kong based organization published her findings in a comprehensive essay.

Works Documentation

Installation View

<em>All you can eat Keecheerii Kooroot</em>
<br>Performance
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>All you can eat Keecheerii Kooroot</em>
<br>Performance
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>All you can eat Keecheerii Kooroot</em>
<br>Performance
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>All you can eat Keecheerii Kooroot</em>
<br>Performance
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>All you can eat Keecheerii Kooroot</em>
<br>Performance
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>All you can eat Keecheerii Kooroot</em>
<br>Performance
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>All you can eat Keecheerii Kooroot</em>
<br>Performance
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>All you can eat Keecheerii Kooroot</em>
<br>Performance
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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Lida Abdul
<br><em>Dollhouse series</em>, 2004
<br>Video
<br>Courtesy of the artist
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Lida Abdul
<br>Performance
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition 
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
<br>Courtesy of the artist
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Lida Abdul
<br>Performance
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition 
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
<br>Courtesy of the artist
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Mariam Ghani
<br><em>Kabul: Reconstructions</em>, 2003
<br>Video
<br>Duration: 6:24
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Mariam Ghani
<br><em>Kabul: Reconstructions</em>, 2003
<br>Video
<br>Duration: 6:24
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Nikhil Chopra
<br><em>Sir Raja as King Richard III</em>, 2001
<br>Video
<br>Duration: 5:31
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Yerbossyn Meldibekov
<br><em>Pastan. I am</em>, 2005
<br>Dual-channel video
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Yerbossyn Meldibekov
<br><em>Pastan. I am</em>, 2005
<br>Dual-channel video
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Roya Ghiasy
<br><em>Ms. Homayun</em>,  2002
<br>Video
<br>Duration: 4:00
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<em>Sandalee</em>
<br>Installation
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>Sandalee</em>
<br>Installation
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>Sandalee</em>
<br>Installation
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>Sandalee</em>
<br>Installation
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>Sandalee</em>
<br>Installation
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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<em>Sandalee</em>
<br>Installation
<br>The Taste of Others exhibition
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart New York, 2005
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Muratbek Djumaliev & Gulnara Kasmalieva
<br><em>Sham</em>, 2004
<br>Single-channel video
<br>Run time: 3:40
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Muratbek Djumaliev & Gulnara Kasmalieva
<br><em>Sham</em>, 2004
<br>Single-channel video
<br>Run time: 3:40
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Sislej Xhafa
<br><em>Skinheads Swimming</em>, 2002
<br>Video
<br>Duration: 4:00
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<center><em>The Taste of Others</em>
<br>Exhibition installation view
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart, New York, 2005</center>
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<center><em>The Taste of Others</em>
<br>Exhibition installation view
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart, New York, 2005</center>
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<center><em>The Taste of Others</em>
<br>Exhibition installation view
<br>Curated by Leeza Ahmady at apexart, New York, 2005</center>
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Other Related Exhibitions:
The Taste of Others: Contemporary Art in Central Asia - Apexart 2005
The Paradox of Polarity: Contemporary Art in Central Asia - Bose Pacia 2007
I Dream of the Stans: New Video Art from Central Asia - Winkleman Gallery 2008
Parable of the Garden - The College of New Jersey Art Gallery 2008
Tarjama/Translation - Johnson Museum of Art 2010; Queens Museum of Art 2009

Other Related Lectures, Talks, Panels:
Freer Gallery of Art 2010
The College of New Jersey 2010
Duke University 2009
ArteEast Across Histories 2009
Museum of Art and Design 2009
Singapore Art Fair 2008
Cornell University 2008
Art Asia Archive 2007
9th and the 10th Edition of Istanbul Bienniale 2005 and 2007
Bose Pacia 2007