Open Call Awards

In May and June 2013, a four-week exhibition travelling to Bishkek, Dushanbe, Almaty and Tashkent showcased twelve submissions of the regional Open Call arts competition. Submissions were received from artists in Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. From the submitted works, these twelve contributions had been shortlisted and selected for the exhibition.



On June 10, an international jury announced the overall winner of contest: young artist Zoya Falkova, Kasachstan from Kazakhstan. Ms. Falkova received the award for her “Orchestra of Melting Glaciers“. Ms. Falkova’s work consisted of an interactive light and sound installation highlighting the human contribution to glacier melt. Interviewed by the Goethe Institute Almaty, Ms. Falkova stressed the important role of the arts in triggering thought and reflection. According to Ms. Falkova, art allows for complicated subjects to be presented in an interactive and playful manner, making them more accessible to a broader audience.

Apart from the overall award, regional awards were also given to works of the Open Call. In the country category for Kazakhstan/Kirgizstan, the first place prize also went to Ms. Falkova. The prize for second place was awarded to Ajdos Аskaruls and Alischer Zhaleluly for their “Dubstep Composition,” and Meka Muratova and Nikolaj Tscherkasov won the third place prize with their work “Alone,” a glacier made of slowly burning wax.

In the country category for Tajikistan/Uzbekistan, the first place prize went to Zafar Nabijev, who drew attention to the link between glacier melting and violence with his “Water cooler Installation.” Timur Rachmetov won the second place prize for “Ambos and Egg,” a work made of a melting ice pyramid shown only in Tashkent. The third place prize was shared between Alla Rumyantseva’s “Pole of Unapproachability” made of coffee grounds, and Bayat Mukhtarov’s “Transfora Installation.”

The international Jury convened under the chairmanship of Lillevan, video artist and artistic director of the Glacier Music Project.

The jury consisted of the following members:

  • Gamal Bokunbajev, Curator from Kirgizstan
  • Dr. Johannes Dahl, Director of the Goethe-Institute from Tashkent
  • Barbara Fränkel-Thonet, Director of the Goethe-Institute from Almaty
  • Kirill Kuzmin, Curator from Tajikistan
  • Sukrob Nazimov, Musician from Uzbekistan
  • Yuliya Sorokina, Arts Expert from Kazakhstan