Our primary program partner is ArtSpirit, the arts initiative of the Episcopal Church in Wyoming, which includes a special focus on Native American contemporary art. 

A global touring exhibition with 15 contemporary artists from 8 Indigenous American tribes traditionally based in and around the Great Plains region of the USA.

GATES OF TURAN - An Ecology of the Soul

Firouz FarmanFarmaian and the Venice Biennale 2022

(Apr 23, 2022 – Nov 27, 2022)

We are partnering with Persian-born artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian in his artistic installation at the Venice Biennale 2022 at the invitation of Kyrgyzstan titled Gates of Turan. Gates of Turan features ten hand-stitched, hand-felted Shirdaks (nomadic tapestries) designed by Firouz to represent the tribal banners of ten nomadic communities of ancient Turan. Set against a black background, the banners lead to a monumental Tündük, the central cross-shaped copula of a traditional Krygzy yurt (see above photo), that is suspended from the ceiling to form the point of a meeting place carpeted with white Yak felt. Firouz spent eight months working with a women’s handicraft cooperative in the Kyrgyz Republic that continues to preserve the Kyrgyz tradition of handcrafting Shirdaks and Ala-Kiiz, the hand-stitched colorful felt floor-coverings used in Kyrgyz yurts. These nomadic tapestries are only made in the remote highland regions of the country.

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