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LAST CHANCE Plastic, the Last Hero of the Great Steppe – the Art of Saule Suleimenov
Suleimenova is an artist from Kazakhstan who works with edgy techniques and media, including recycled plastic, cellophane and polycarbonate. Her recent work has plastic shopping or rubbish bags glued on to polycarbonate sheets. There’s a nice quote from Madina Tlostanova, Professor of Postcolonial Feminisms at Linköping University, Sweden: “through decolonising visuality and particularly, notions of the beautiful, Suleimenova attempts to teach Kazakhs to unlearn their desire for those lacquered ersatz things they were taught to like and appreciate as beautiful, and as their own. She wants to decolonise their idea of Kazakhness …”
Above: Saule Suleimenov, Ala Dala, Zhetisu (2016)