Kazakhstan’s contemporary art exhibition, ONE STEP/PE FORWARD, is presented for the first time in Venice. Introducing this project, IADA (International Art Development Association) comes with the initiative of establishing the Pavilion of Kazakhstan at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Kazakhstan as one of the largest countries of Central Asia attracts a lot of attention. After twenty years of independence the idea about our country still remains vague and intangible. The same perception also applies to contemporary art of Kazakhstan. The participation of the national pavilion at such an important exhibition as Venice Biennale will give an opportunity to establish a new platform for artistic development in the country and adopt a solid position in the international art community.
ONE STEP/PE FORWARD – is a small, but important step that continues a dialogue between contemporary art of Kazakhstan and global art culture, expressing the distinct identity, originality of thought, rich history and dynamic present. The curators of the project have decided that ONE STEP/PE FORWARD will be based on the concept of endless Kazakh steppe, which inspires artists with its contradictory nature. Similar to the reflection of the boundless nature of the steppe is a free thought of an artist, who is choosing his own way of expression. ONE STEP/PE FORWARD is a conscious step into the future, through the being in the current reality, based on the acceptance of the historical past.