Dushanbe Art Ground in Tajikistan presents: On Unexpected Encounters, a lecture-presentation by Kristiina Koskentola ( DAI, 2007)

28.03.15 | tag: Dushanbe


Date: 30th of MARCH
Time: 14.00
Location: Dushanbe Art Ground
Address: Str. Aini 31, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (State University of Visual Arts and Design of Tajikistan)

Kristiina Koskentola is in Tajikistan for a short residence and research to explore the topics of nomadic subjectivity and local knowledge. Within our globalized reality artists are not only traveling across geographies, but they dwell different streams of knowledge, real and virtual, producing singular routes, effects, and outcomes. Kristiina Koskentola will talk about the dynamics of her artist practice, traversing continents and cultures.  She will elaborate on the importance and influence of lived experiences, local knowledge, unexpected encounters, and different levels of collaborations on her work and practice.

Furthermore she will reflect on the contemporary art scene in Beijing, where she overwinters.  Rather than giving an exhaustive survey trough the current state of Contemporary Art in China, she will introduce briefly a number of different venues, mainstream and experimental, and reflect on the diverse modes of artistic labor, and life in the capitals’ artist villages, which could be characterized by being in constant stage of transition, and change.

Kristiina Koskentola (FI) is a visual artist and currently a PhD Candidate (practice based research) in the University of the Arts/ Chelsea College in London. She divides her time between Amsterdam, Beijing and London. Koskentola works with multi sensory/mixed media installations using range of materials, stories and objects and media such as video and photography.

Kristiina Koskentola’s research in Tajikistan is supported by the Art Promotion Centre of Finland.


Dushanbe Art Ground (Public Foundation “Sanati Muosir”) - is a non-profit organization registered in 2012 in Dushanbe. DAG mission is to advocate for the development of contemporary art practices in Tajikistan, to redefine the role of the artist in contemporary society and shift the function of the artist from mere producer to engaged researcher and critic. DAG strategy is to achieve long-term sustainable development for new media arts and new platforms where creative and civic communities could collaboratively invent alternative avenues for social development and change. Dushanbe Art Ground activity is supported by Open Society Institute – Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan and Swiss Cooperation Office, Tajikistan.