People’s Histories and Stories Serie

14 November

‘I think we are all concerned about the representation of our country in one way or another. How clearly can I and all of us judge the country and ourselves – the people of Uzbekistan? Do we ask questions about how well we know Uzbekistan in reality? How do we see this country? What connects and unites all of us? Sometimes, I feel like a schoolboy or student who has not done his homework, but really wants to fix it as something very important in life. And in order to complete it, again and again I have to take the camera in my hands – and, perhaps, this is the way I can obtain answers to all the questions that worry me.’  

Laila, 70 years old, is raising four grandchildren. Their parents have been working in Russia for more than three years.
Laila receives a monthly state pension of 3,400 Kyrgyz soms (about $50). 

This exhibition is about Hasan's observations, trips and diary. What was Hasan's personal experience of traveling around the country as a resident of Tashkent? How had he imagined Uzbekistan before he made his trip outside Tashkent? What, how and when created for him the image of the country where he was born? What surprised Hasan? What did he experience for the first time? What's left unsolved? What should be the basis for understanding the space you live in, its people and culture, if this is most likely not told and shown at school. Forming the image of the country through someone else's experience and the government's view of what image we should have, we do not think that this is often not our personal experience. 

To overcome the limits of our understanding of our country that does not belong to us requires actions, for which the motivation can be of any kind. In this case, it is a search for the image of your country, which is not always visible, not always noticeable. This is an attempt to understand what this space is filled with, an attempt to understand how big the gap between your perception and the reality around you is.  

Of course, we know our country from the works of the classics who have made an invaluable contribution to the description of time and space – we read them, watch them, know them. But are we familiar with contemporaries who talk about Uzbekistan? Do we know that we are not alone in our search?  

Meet Hasan and his Uzbekistan. 


Hasan Kurbanbaev

Born 1982 Tashkent, Uzbekistan

In the early 2000s Akhmedova was documenting lives in the Olmazor mahalla word Mahala or Mahalla is used in many languages and countries meaning neighborhood or location originatedeling.Mahala is also a Balkan word for "neighbourhood" a time when the collective mahalla was living without fear of extinction. Her signature style of photography exposes deep emotions of inhabitants of mahalla busy with their daily life routine.