On April 2 the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty, in partnership with A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts and Chevron Corporation presented a “Native Lands” photo exhibition, depicting nomadic indigenous peoples and their traditions in Central Asia and North America. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal delivered the remarks at the opening ceremony. Ambassador John Ordway, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., of the U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan also attended the event.
“Native Lands” features 80 historic photographs from both theTurkestan Album (1871-1872), compiled by Turkestan Governor General Konstantin von Kaufman, and The North American Indians, produced by Edward S. Curtis (1900-1930). The exhibition shows parallels between nomadic and semi-nomadic indigenous societies in North America and in Kazakhstan, peoples who shared similar ways of life shaped by their natural environment, despite geographic distance. Serving as a pictorial bridge, “Native Lands” brings together for the first time two remarkable, visually stunning and well-preserved photographic collections that belong to the U.S. Library of Congress. It also serves as an entry point for transnational dialogue, inspired by visions from the past, for voices of the present.
“We are very delighted to open this unique and remarkable photo exhibition Native Lands in Almaty. This exhibition invites modern viewers to come very close to this past and see it in a new comparative light,” said Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal. “These images provide a vital source of self-knowledge, informing identity through a historical sense of place that has been made available because of these rare collections. Through an assembly of native peoples from Central Asia and North America seen in early photographs, this exhibition celebrates generations of ancestors as a means to educate, unite and take pride in the generations of today and tomorrow.”
Date and Time: The exhibit will run from 1-30 April, open during the opening hours of the museum (every day except Mondays from 10am until 6pm).
Venue: A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts in Almaty (Address: 22/1, Koktem-3 micro district)Museum entrance fee is 100 KZT.