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Erbossyn Meldibekov

When Monuments Become Myth

By Irina Makarova

At once psychologically charged and amusing, Erbossyn Meldibekov’s work upends the legends and histories of Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

ERBOSSYN MELDIBEKOV AND NURBOSSYN ORIS, Kazakhstan, from the series “Family Album,” 2007–09, a family portrait taken 20 years ago in Kazakhstan, paired with a recent family portrait taken in the same location.  Courtesy Erbossyn Meldibekov and Nurbossyn Oris.

From his 2009 “Asian Weapon” series of black-and-white drawings of household items converted into weapons, to his vividly colored ceramic plates depicting camels with hi-tech rocket launchers on…

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