Saodat Ismaïlova

Promotion Manoel de Oliveira


Saodat Ismaïlova

Born in 1981 in Tachkent (Uzbekistan)

Born in 1981 in Tashkent, soviet Uzbekistan, graduated from Tashkent State Art Institute (Uzbekistan). Her art work is devoted to bring to surface Central Asia’s soul by creating modern myths catapulted with the recent past of the region. While inspired by old myths and beliefs, she builds bridges between past and present, retracing back a spiritual past that is fading, sewing back forgotten and recollected stories of parallel visions between imaginary, mythical characters and concrete historical figures as well as translating these stories into modern audiovisual art projects with a stress on the female world. Saodat Ismailova comes from a documentary and narrative cinema background and now works in audiovisual art forms, often referring to archives and anthropology. Saodat Ismailova participated with her work in the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Venice Art Biennale, the Edinburgh, and the Seattle International Film Festivals, among many others. She is currently working in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and in France, where she is a student at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains.


Stains of Oxus

Installation - 2016

présentée dans le cadre de l'exposition Indices d'Orient La mémoire, le témoin et scrutateur