curator, Bishkek

Georgy Mamedov (born 1984) is a curator. He is also artistic co-director of central Asian artistic, research, and activist platform, STAB (School of Theory and Activism—Bishkek), Bishkek. From 2007 to 2009 Mamedov was director of Bactria Cultural Centre, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The center invites local as well as international artists, curators, and musicians to participate in and initiate projects. With Boris Chukhovich and Oksana Shatalova, Mamedov curated Lingua Franca/Франк тили, Central Asia Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, 2011. He also curated the educational and residency program, Artist and/in Community, which was initiated by Bactria Cultural Centre and traveled to towns in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from 2010 to 2011. Mamedov lives and works in Bishkek.

During his stay at BAK, Mamedov continues his research into the potential for contemporary artistic practice to function as a catalyst for political and social change. Throughout his residency he focuses on dialogue, networking, and exploration, in attempting to examine art as a complex and dialectical practice that produces statements of radical imagination as well as pragmatic propositions in response to the current social and political agenda.