Gallery 8

Almagul Menlibayeva, Dilyara Kaipova, Said Atabekov

11.05.2022 ­– 31.08.2022

“Totems of Central Asia”, an exhibition from Andakulova Gallery, Dubai, brings together the works of three artists from Central Asia, namely, Almagul Menlibayeva (Kazakhstan), Dilyara Kaipova (Uzbekistan) and Said Atabekov (Kazakhstan).

They deal with modern issues through the prism of traditions and inter alia, help viewers empathize with the artists as they grapple with a host of problems, including a turbulent past and a troubled present.

But the upheaval has resulted in scintillating art – Dilyara uses traditional textiles to detail identity; Atabekov uses the medium of ancient ritual games to indicate affairs of a more universal scale; and Menlibayeva handles the neon world of advertising and the images and cliches of glossies, to reflect on the environment.

A totem symbolizes the concept of a quality; it is the spiritual symbol of a people, emblematic of their hopes, dreams and aspirations. “Totems of Central Asia” from Andakulova Gallery encapsulates the history and essence of Central Asian art.


Andakulova Gallery, Dubai, is a contemporary art gallery whose objective is to promote Central Asia’s contemporary visual arts. It serves as a platform to exhibit and support emerging to established contemporary artists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (or the ‘Stans’) across a variety of media.

Founded by Natalya Andakulova, its higher purpose is to cultivate a dialogue between Central Asia and the Middle East by re-introducing the art of the ‘Stans’ to the artistic hub of Dubai. The gallery strives to build relationships between artists, writers, specialists and collectors