Asel Kadyrkhanova is a visual artist and PhD researcher at the University of Leeds (UK). She works across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, installation and moving image. Her works employ multi-layered narratives that address questions of belonging, memory, identity in postcolonial and post-Socialist societies.
Asek Kadyrkhanova completed a B.A. and M.A. in Painting at Kazakh National Academy of Arts in Almaty, Kazakhstan (2001-2007), and an M.A in Fine art at Newcastle University, UK (2009-2011) with the support of Bolashaq International scholarship of the president of Kazakhstan. Her doctoral research is supported with Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship; it focuses on capability of art as a medium of memory in addressing Soviet trauma in modern-day Kazakhstan.
Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions such as: Postnomadic mind, Wapping Project, London (2018), Suns and Neons above Kazakhstan, Yarat Centre for Contemporary art, Baku (2017), Internal memory: Not Enough space? Garage Museum of Contemporary art, Moscow (2017), The Eighth river, Ile Alatau National Park (2015), 1937 | Joktau - Territory of Memory, Kazakh State Museum of Arts, Almaty (2013) and others.
She is a CEC Artslink fellow of 2018, a former artist-in residence at California College of the Arts, San Francisco (USA), and a participant of several conferences, artist talks, workshops, and summer schools.
Currently lives and works in Leeds.