Dear Reader (2024-02-05),
My fledgling (installation / exhibition), Shadows Passing (see end of this post for further information) has now been set free into the wide world to fly on its own. So until the next sparkly object, I shall return to the “Five Stans”. The last image of Five Stans 08 was the Burana tower. In today’s post, we continue exploring Kyrgyzstan with a visit to Ala Archa National Park, and the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek.
My visit to the park was somewhat constrained as on that day I needed to stay close to a washroom. During the month of traveling through the Stans, I tried to drink beer three times. In each case the results were not good. I think it is either the yeast or the water that is used that did not agree with me. On the other hand, distilled water with additions (ie vodka) suited me well.
Bishkek was our second capital visited. One of things that I found helpful to understand some of the architectural features of the Stans is that up until the fall of Russia, all five Stans were provinces of the USSR. Even though the Stans have been carving out their own identities since 1991, the monumentalism of the Russian psyche is still part of their cultural expressions. In other words, the grand gesture is alive and well in the Stans.
Notes on Photos
~ 04, 05 – Every hour during daylight hours, the guards that guard the flag change in a short ceremony
~ 19 – inside the restaurant where we had supper
Shadows Passing Photo(ish) Installation
cSpace Marda Loop – 3rd Floor
1721 29th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2T 6T7
The month of February, Monday to Saturday 8:am to 8:00 pm
- Opening Event
February 8, 5:00 – 9:00 pm (please note the new longer hours) – cSpace Marda Loop
Liquor will be available for a fee
- Artist’s Talk
February 15, 6:30 – 8:00 – cSpace Marda Loop
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