Central Asia

Uzbek Saturday mood in Shakhrisabz

The use of urban space in the early 2000s before the start of the tourism boom The more than 2000 year old city was a stage of the old Silk…

Central Asia

For Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, 1991 was not an opportunity for a fundamentally new beginning. Although the political elites postulated a „rebirth“, Soviet traditions continued to have an effect as a result of decades of Soviet cultural and economic policy.

Expose the objects, recover them, make them speak – that is the path of archaeology proposed here. (…) The world is viewed and readable through the history of things, through the analysis of signs and forms of transport, places and routines (…).

Karl Schloegel, 2017: The Soviet century, 21

All states have gone through complicated processes of identity formation. Tajikistan was the only state to fall into a painful civil war. In all states, ethnic-national designs to stabilize society and consolidate authority play an important role.

The aim here is to follow the traces in space, to sift through them, and also to secure the legacies of past generations. The findings that are brought to light, captured in photographs and stories, are to be put together in a mosaic, which is commonly referred to as history.

The project #SpacesandPractises via @doinggeography explores in various spaces the question of how people shape space as a social reality. I am particularly interested in spaces in which there are conflicts of interpretation. These result from the fact that different groups compete for the sovereignty of interpretation over space. In other words, they want to determine how all the subjects and objects that appear in it are to be understood. In doing so, the gaze is necessarily always turned simultaneously to the past, present and future.