Kyrgyz cemetery by Evgeni Zotov on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
The largest and most decorative tombs were left from Soviet times. Later tombs are stylized as Muslim mausoleums or simple yurts.

Near Bokonbaevo

Man in mosque by Evgeni Zotov on Flickr.

Dungan mosque in Karakol

Dungan (Russian: Дунгане Dungane, Dungan: Хуэйзў Huejzw) is a term used in territories of the former Soviet Union to refer to a Muslim people of Chinese origin.Turkic-speaking peoples in Xinjiang Province in China also refer to members of this ethnic group as Dungans. In both China and the former Soviet republics where they reside, however, members of this ethnic group call themselves Hui.

In the censuses of the now independent states of the former Soviet Union, the Dungans, who are enumerated separately from Chinese, can be found in Kazakhstan (36,900 according to the 1999 census), Kyrgyzstan (58,409 according to the 2009 census), and Russia (801 according to the 2002 census).


Haim Sokol In his hew project Haim Sokol uses a lot of different techniques – installations, objects, graphics and even a book. There is a premier of his new film ‘Spartak’ as well. It is a theatrical video performance about the gladiators’ rebellion with the music from the ballet of Aram Khachaturian, but the action takes place in modern Russia, where the main characters are working migrants from Kirgizia. All the works are about history, but it’s not the past the artist is looking into; he is interested in the fate of the past in present. In other words, he shows how present is formed by the interpretation of the past. Haim Sokol appeals to the ideas of a German philosopher Walter Benjamin. He borrows not only the name, but the method of the sensory perception of history. The gist of this method is an emotional openness to the signs of past.