2005 Research Grantee: Leeza AhmadyResearch Project: Unveiling Contemporary Art in Central Asia
Leeza Ahmady’s research project looks at contemporary visual culture in Central Asia: Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan in Central Asia. Her project surveys practice in new media, video, and performance art (proposing an alternative entry to the region from the geo-political paradigm of the time) and offers a broad spectrum of analysis related to the arts and culture of Central Asia, alongside an overview of historical and recent developments in contemporary art.
Ahmady’s research culminated in a series of interviews with artists and curators, materials on the art scenes of Central Asia, and a mapping of practices, artists, and art spaces in the region. All are available from AAA.
About Leeza Ahmady
Afghanistan-born New York-based artist, curator, and educator Leeza Ahmady is a founding member of two non-profit organisations: NURTURArt Non Profit, and School of Hope. She is also an advisory member of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Afghanistan (CCAA).
Judges for AAA Research Grant 2005 include:
Lee Weng Choy, Artistic Co-Director, The Substation, Singapore.
Pamela Kember, Independent curator and art historian, Hong Kong.
Jane DeBevoise, Chair, Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.
Claire Hsu, Executive Director, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.
Phoebe Wong, Head of Research+, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.