Bermet Borubaeva

Still Life, 2020

29.7 x 42 cm
pen on paper

Illustration from Still Life project
Art gallery Dreiviertel (Bern, Switzerland)

Image courtesy of Bermet Borubaeva 
Bishkek, 2020

'Still Life' uses unsaleable food products for a dialogue on social problems, and for making highly saleable dishes. A recipe is attached.

Read the article: Between Food, Art, and Politics courtesy of EASTEAST (online magazine on culture, art, philosophy, and everyday life)

About the artist:

Bermet Borubaeva (born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) lives and works between Bishkek and Moscow.

She is a researcher, curator, artist and co-curator of Bishkek School of Contemporary Art ( In her multi-faceted practice, she engages with the politico-economic issues of food production and conservation, labour, migration, urban environment, and gender emancipation.

Borubaeva holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Bishkek, and a Master of Arts in Political Analysis and Public Policy from the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. She graduated from the ArtEast School of Contemporary Art in 2009 and studied at the First Moscow Curatorial Summer School, "Doing Exhibitions Politically", initiated by Viktor Misiano and the V-A-C-Foundation. She has participated in curatorial research residencies What Could/Should Curating Do?, Serbia; ReDirecting East, the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; the Curatorial Program for Research, Warsaw and the Curatorial Program for Research, Mexico.

Recent artistic projects include the café Still Life (2019) at Kunstraum Dreiviertel, Bern, and I.Food (2019), with Polina Nikitina, at the Vadim Sidur Museum, Moscow. She was curator and participant for various local and international projects, including the education program for the Bishkek presentation of exhibition Lingua Franca/ Франк тили, the Central Asian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, with Oxana Kapishnikova and Diana Ukhina; VKL.VIKL. (ON/OFF), the First Youth Central Asian exhibition of Contemporary Art; PAS DE DEUX – KG. CH exhibition at Center of Contemporary Art Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland; TET A TET and TET A TET #2, exchange and exhibition projects between Kyrgyz and Swiss artists initiated by Focus-Art Association; and the performance Café Non-seller, in conjunction with the ECOCUP Green Documentary Film Festival, Moscow. She has contributed to several publications in the fields of art, political science and urban environment.