Olesya Bondareva (Russia), Mauri Pasanen (Finland)
«Last dervish of Kazakhstan»

14.05.10 - 01.06.10

New exhibition at Elena Vrublevskayagallery tells of surviving ancient Sufi tradition of dervishes from Central Asia.

The authors - Olesya Bondareva, and Mauri Pasanen - recorded on photo and video the sessions and healing rituals of Bifatima, one of the last Sufi dervishes of Kazakhstan. It is planned that during the exhibition Bifatima-apa will personally visit Moscow, and hold several ceremonies in the exhibition area.

The exhibition "The Last Dervish of Kazakhstan" tells about the revival of ancient traditions that were banned in the Soviet era, in particular, about Sufism or Islamic mysticism. The form in which Sufism is presented in Kazakhstan - is a mixture of Islam with local traditions of Central Asia to a greater extent with shamanism. Bifatima is the heir and custodian of this particular line of Sufism. The viewer has the opportunity to see how the Kazakh version of Sufi tradition differs from the accepted idea of a dervish, formed by the example of whirling Dervishes of Istanbul.

In the photo as well as on video - there is a rare documentary footage, unprecedented "look from inside". The special relationships between Bifatima and the authors of the project, who have spent a long time in her company, let the unique situations to be captured and comments of the participants to be received.

Bifatima usually avoided reporters and cameras, but ultimately she allowed to shoot without any restrictions. So the authors had the opportunity to capture on camera something that hardly ever been withdrawn. Sots, where people take part in shamanic rituals which are aimed at rebirth, spiritual healing and purification are exciting and sometimes even shocking, but always taken with understanding and empathy

Sufi tradition has always been an inexhaustible source of art. The modern spiritual master uses symbolic language, understandable to an artist more than to anyone else. In addition to the obvious symbolism, space of the master also appeals to phenomena, based not on "rational", but on feelings, emotions and feelings . A documentary story about it is, of course, a full-fledged artistic utterance..

Photos are supplemented by brief explanations and descriptions of rituals and their symbolic meanings. The exhibition hall rooms consistently demonstrated documentary video showing healing sessions and rituals of Bifatima. Her spells, loud and energetic exclamations, a kind of "revitalize" the photographic image.

Moscow Exhibition in Elena Vrublevskaya gallery is the part of the project of a Moscow director Olesya Bondareva (photo), and documentary man from Finland Mauri Pasanen (video), the final stage of which will be a full-length documentary about Bifatima - the last Dervish of Kazakhstan.

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Event – May 2010 ă.