You Don’t Have to Believe Me

You Don’t Have to Believe Me
An Exhibition and Participatory Event About the Cotton Harvest.

On 20 January, 2022, at 19:00, the Ilkhom Theatre is proud to present an exhibition and participatory event in its gallery. Farrah Karapetian has been working with local artists to highlight our personal histories about picking cotton. She will exhibit large-scale cyanotype prints made with local participants from excerpts from interviews with three generations of local people who have picked cotton. She will also invite Arlaeem Goovajdi will perform a selection of songs that these people associate with their experience on the fields. To unite the three generations, Arlaeem will be accompanied by Yan Dobrynin and performer Kama Moon. In between these live music sets, visitors to the exhibition are invited to contribute their own stories anonymously to a written book, and/or to act these stories out as equally anonymous shadow play in our galleries.

Farrah Karapetian (b. 1978 U.S.) is an artist and professor based on the border between California and Mexico. With a B.A. from Yale University and an MFA from University of California at Los Angeles, as well as through stipends from the Fulbright Program, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Warhol Arts Writers Grant, Karapetian has worked with people around the world, engaging them in the process of their own representation. Her artwork is collected in institutions such as the Getty Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, and she has exhibited in Russia at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. She is in Uzbekistan as a 2021 Art Prospect Fellow with CEC Artslink, because she read about the cotton fields through Langston Hughes, an American poet’s, experience here in 1932, and was so impressed with the beauty of his story that she wanted to see for herself how things have changed.

Karapetian deeply appreciates your participation in sharing the beautiful, surprising, and sometimes challenging memories you have from this collective experience that has so shaped your region, and hopes to meet you soon.

To share a story in advance of June 20, please email or fill out this anonymous Google form It is also possible to share your story anonymously in person in handwritten form. Please use any language with which you’re comfortable. You may also share a song that you associate with your cotton-picking experience.

Thank you again.
The project involves:
the artist Mohira Mullyadjanova , musician and actor of the Ilkhom theatre Yan Dobrynin , performer Kama Moon

(Русский) Открытие выставки художника Санжара Джаббарова

«Caravan» Art-Gallery and «Ilkhom» theater invites you to the opening ceremony of the exhibition of the artist
Sanjar Djabbarov.
The opening ceremony will take place in the exhibition hall of the «Ilkhom» theater
On June 4, at 5:30 p.m. (more…)

(Русский) открытие персональной выставки Симона Портанте «Blue bird».

On April 29th, 2022, at 17:30, the opening of a unique Simon Portante’s exhibition – «Blue bird».

Simon Portante was diagnosed with hyperactivity at a very young age. (more…)


The COVID-19 pandemic has become a threat to human life on a global level. An extreme situation like this does not merely disrupt the usual routine of society; it also changes people’s attitudes and behaviour.

Art always reflects reality. Sixteen artists in Uzbekistan were inspired by research undertaken at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities of the University of Bergen in Norway. The study identified 16 personality types that have emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This categorization can refine forecasts of COVID-19 transmission and impact. (more…)


On February 5th, 2022, at 17:30, the opening of a unique exhibition of Namangan embroidery – “In the garden of beauty among wild lands” will take place at The “Ilkhom” Theatre of Mark Weil.
The exhibition will feature modern and vintage works by Namangan embroiderers, as well as photos of the late XIX – early XX century. (more…)


On October 16, at 17:30, the “Ilkhom” Theater of Mark Weil will host the opening of the personal exhibition of the artist, illustrator, and graphic designer Mokhira Mullyajanova’s “Beloved City”.

Mokhira Mullyajanova was born in 1993 in Tashkent. Since the seventh grade, she has been engaged in academic drawing, attended Saira Tashpulatovna Keltayeva’s private lessons.
After graduating from the Lyceum, she took a course in art and design at Central Saint Martins College in London. In 2016, she received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Taylor’s University (Kuala Lumpur). (more…)


On September 10th, at 17:30, the opening of the Personal Exhibition of Rustam Zakhidov, known as Zaza, will take place at the Ilkhom Theater.

Zaza is a monumental-painter by education, is interested in illustration and graphic design. Works with posters, paintings, installations. Prefers synthetic, plastic materials, “makes figurative non-figurative”. Contestant of many creative projects.
“My father is a battle-painter, I spent a lot of time with him in the art-studio and since childhood I’ve demonstrated an interest in visual creativity. But consciously I came to art only with admission to a university, once surrounded by like-minded people.
I believe that everyone should define for themselves the concept of “Art” to grow and develop in this area. I defined Fine Arts for myself as “search, growth, and comprehension of the Universe through the visual-experimental method”.



the diaries of our lives cannot be contained by the numbers on a calendar or the name of a month. for we all live through events. perhaps even for me these numbers are missing. Last year, I kept my little events in a diary of pictures and sketches.

I finished this diary and signed the last page 2020 and placed it on the shelf of my story.


On 25 December, the Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil opened Sanjar Jabbarov’s latest exhibition, “Milky Way”.

“The idea for “Milky Way” came about when I started working on the first painting,” said the artist. “It’s strange, but when I start to work through a series, time can bring extraordinary surprises. (more…)

«Comedy del Arte»

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December 7 is the opening of the exhibition of Jahongir Bobokulov “Dynamics of feelings”.
Feelings can have different levels of specification – from direct ones to a real object, to feelings associated with social values and ideals.
The exhibition “Dynamics of Feelings” is an opportunity to plunge into the world of non-representative art and discover the depths of the soul of a young artist.
Jahongir Bobokulov was born on January 25, 1996 in Bukhara region.
In 2008 he entered a specialized art school.
(2010-2011) received 2 Gold Medals of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan.
2011 – Entered the republican Art College named after P. Benkov.
2011 – Grand Prix at the Kim Yong Institute of the Republic of Korea.
2013 – March 9, was the first solo exhibition “Ilk Chizgilar Debochasi” [Debut of Initial Lines] held in the memorial museum named after K. Bekhzod.
2013 – Gold Medal Award by the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan.
2013 – Exhibition “Mentor and learner” at the Gallery “Caravansaray” named after I. Hiroyama (Mentor – Jamol Usmanov).
2014 – Entered the Institute of Arts and Design named after K. Bekhzod to the department of easel painting.
2016 – Solo exhibition “Anthem of love and beauty” in the French alliance.
2018 – Graduated from the Institute of Arts and Design named after K. Bekhzod.
2018 – Solo exhibition “Space Development” in BONUM FACTUM Gallery.
2019 – Exhibition “FROM TASHKENT WITH LOVE” gallery “ab” Seoul, Korea.
2019 – Took part in the Biopassport exhibition