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Kazakh Artist Remembers Zhanaozen Oil Riot

A piece of art by Saule Suleimenova. Image by Selikzhan Kovlanbaev, used with permission.

A piece of art by Saule Suleimenova. Image by Selikzhan Kovlanbaev, used with permission.

Photo blogger Serikzhan Kovlanbaev presents [ru] a photo report from a recent exhibition of works by Saule Suleimenova, perhaps the best known contemporary artist in the country. Suleimenova has been described by another blogger as “one of Kazakhstan’s deepest, most interesting and prolific artists”.

The theme of the exhibition is Zhanaozen, an oil town in southwestern Kazakhstan where police and riot troops clashed with unarmed protesters in December 2011, killing at least 15 people and injuring nearly 100.

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