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Saodat Ismailova Aral, Fishing in an Invisible Sea - The Haunted


Saodat Ismailova Aral, Fishing in an Invisible Sea - The Haunted

TH 23.11.2023 20:30

Discover Saodat Ismailova's films about a vanished lake and an extinct tiger in Central Asia w/ LUCA School of Arts & DocNomads.

Aral, Fishing in an Invisible Sea, 2004, 52 min
A documentary about the Aral Sea—originally one of the world’s largest lakes until the Soviet Union steadily diverted its water sources, reducing it to 10% of its original size—and the three remaining generations of fishermen on the lake.


The Haunted, 2017, 24 min
An imaginary encounter with extinct Turkestan tiger, that fell as a victim during colonization of Central Asia. Today the tiger keeps on living in the collective memory and dreams of local people, as a sacred archetype.


check out the looped screening of Her Right by Saodat Ismailova in our cinema (free) >>

On Friday 24.11, the film ZUKHRA by Saodat Ismailova will be screened at LUCA School of Arts, followed by a conversation with the artist.


Saodat Ismailova is an Uzbek filmmaker and artist graduated from Tashkent State Art Institute in Uzbekistan and Le Fresnoy, National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France. Departing from a documentary practice, her films are rhythmed by historical and mythical temporalities, weaving non-linear, dreamlike narratives with and alongside ancestral knowledge. Her films and video installations were presented in Biennale of Venice, Berlinale IFF, Rotterdam IFF, CPH DOX etc. Works of Saodat Ismailova are in collection of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Centre Pompidou, Paris and Almaty Museum of Arts, Kazakhstan and private collections. In 2022, she the Eye Art & Film Prize (Amsterdam) for her oeuvre, in which she devotes attention to the complex, layered culture of her motherland.


This programme is made in collaboration with LUCA School of Arts and DocNomads.