Faruh Kuziev (Tajikistan)
(born in 1984) – arts manager and curator based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. An alumnus of the Fulbright Scholarship Program, he received his M.A. in arts management from the University at Buffalo, NY (2010-2012). In 2012, he was an artist-in-residence at School of Theory and Activism-Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). In 2013, he participated in the Second Moscow Curatorial Summer School. As an independent curator, he carried out such projects as Modalities (discussing patriarchy, sexism and violence through contemporary art) and Is it Hard to be Young? (exploring the Tajikistani youth’s socio-economic segregation and their sense of hopelessness). As an artist, he explores sociopolitical phenomena, in particular nationalism, obscurantism and the “othering” processes, employing public art, blogging and printed media. His works were showcased at a gender-oriented exhibition Based on True Story (Women’s Money) and Central Asian Pavilion at Venice Biennale (the National Museum Catalog). As a writer and presenter, he runs the first absurdist literary blog in his country (newlittj.blogspot.com), and contributes to the various media (e.g. www.art-initiatives.org, www.liva.ua, www.neweuroasia.net). He co-authored a series of articles on cultural policy in Tajikistan (e.g. Check and Stalemate to Contemporary Art and Contemporary Dirt).