artists, researchers, curators

Aigerim Kapar - founder, curator

Zhameli Khairli - art manager, art historian  

Turan Nurgozhin - communications, community liaison, artist 
Medina Bazargali - web developer, artist
Madina Sargali - graphic designer, artist
Aruzhan Zhumabek - graphic designer, artist
Aida Isahan - digital architect
Aigerim Ospanova, urbanist, architect 
Zhana Nugerbek, sculptor
Anar Aubakir - artist
Syrlybek Bekbotayev - artist
Aigerim Ospanova - artist
Maiya Sagymova -  architectress, art manager
Saniya Ibullayeva - architectress
Laura Eskozha - fashion designer, artist
Askhat Akhmediyarov - mentor, artist
Almagul Menlibayeva - mentor, artist
Kulshat Medeuova - mentor, researcher
Alima Bissenova - mentor, researcher
Assel Mukasheva - moderator, researcher
Selbi Jumayeva - fellow, community scholar
Arman Sain - artist, economist



Artcom is a contemporary art and public engagement platform, established in 2015 as a non-profit community-based organization. Founded by independent curator, Aigerim Kapar, with support from the art community,
Artcom aims to connect local contemporary art practices in urban, cultural and social milieux. In doing so, Artcom unites art practitioners, social scientists, philosophers, architects and urban planners, as well as students and the wider public, to exchange experiences and skills, engage in knowledge production, research local issues, and be involved with and create local art and interdisciplinary projects.

Artcom is committed to creating and sustaining the best environment for contemporary art and culture in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Our mission is to support artists, curators and art professionals; and strengthen their communities, especially the young and emerging among them. 

We organize multi-disciplinary, research-based exhibitions, socially engaged initiatives and public art interventions. Collective memory, nomadic heritage, environmental justice and urban accountability are cross-cutting in all our activities. 

Since 2017, we have run Art Collider, an informal school where art meets science and technology. Together with art practitioners and academics, we present a series of public lectures, discussions, and workshops in order to find a language to describe our postcolonial situation and decolonial future.

Aigerim Kapar is an independent curator, cultural activist, founder of the Artcom platform and the informal school Art Collider.
She was born in 1987 in Kazakhstan and continues to live and work in Astana.
In curatorial practice, Kapar focuses on postcolonial and decolonial discourse in Central Asia. Kapar curates and organizes exhibitions, urban art interventions, discussions, lectures, and workshops. To accomplish such wide-ranging initiatives she often collaborates closely with art and educational institutions, as well as scientific apparatuses.
In 2015, she founded the creative communication platform Artcom (Almaty) in conjunction with the local art community. The platform brings together different cultural figures to share experiences and discover channels for greater interaction within society in order to develop and promote contemporary art and culture.
In 2017, Aigerim initiated the Art Collider (Astana) informal school—when art meets science. Through this initiative artists and scientists jointly conduct research and present lectures and discussions related to current issues.
In 2020, she joined What Could Should Curating Do (Belgrade) international curatorial program core team.




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