Smail Bayaliev at Asia Culture Institute, Gwanju, Republic of Korea

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Republic of Korea and Central Asia, the Asia Culture Institute (ACI) is now planning an exhibition “Song of Felt” to introduce contemporary art of the Central Asia to Korean people as well as global visitors. The exhibition will be held on 9 November 2017 - 4 February 2018 at the Asia Culture Centre (ACC) located at Gwangju, Republic of Korea.

The Asia Culture Centre (ACC) is an international arts and cultural exchange organisation that produces new, future-oriented results through the convergence of Asia’s past and present arts and culture with innovative ideas and beliefs. ACC aims to contribute to the cultural prosperity of Asia and the international community. It collaborates with the distinguished institutions such as Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts, Getty Research Institute and Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Netherlands State Academy of Fine Arts). The exhibition “Song of Felt” examines how cultural heritages in Central Asia could be reinterpreted and sublimated into artworks by contemporary artists in Central Asia and scopes out how the identity of Central Asia is discussed among those artworks. In particular, felt and songs, materials for nomadic people’s survival in Central Asia, could be centrally considered in this exhibit, and artworks to display are mainly related with those factors.

AUROOM ART is honoured with the proposal by ACI to exhibit two artworks by the famous Kazakh artist Smail Bayaliev: a felt artwork Herd and his video art A Bird of Simurg. Bayaliev's artwork “Herd” is an impressive large-scale sculpture made of felt, a material synonymous with traditional nomadic culture. According to S.Bayaliev, this ancient, naturally warm material, awakens the primitive spirit of the nomad within us.

The Song of Felt is an exciting high profile cultural project that will consolidate cultural and business relationship between Republic of Korea and Kazakhstan.