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MUSEUMstan

Central Asia's 

Contemporary Art Revolution

By Sara Raza

Central Exhibition Hall, Central Bishkek, photo by Pavlos Constantinos Politis.

The debut of the Central Asia Pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale brought a rush of international attention to contemporary art from the region. Many of the pavilion participants, working in photography, video and installation, were quickly seized upon as new stars. The follow-up Central Asia Pavilion in 2007, which grouped together young artists affected by the spread of music television and karaoke culture under the theme, "Muzykstan," also earned accolades. Despite these outward…

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