Uzbekistan-based Hassan Kurbanbaev photographs the places where he feels “calm and well”
With an aim to tell the stories of those in his country, the photographer’s work represents a “new era” for Uzbekistan.
- Ayla Angelos
- 17 March 2020
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GalleryHassan Kurbanbaev, Logomania: Owning the World at Half Price
As well as capturing his country, Hassan’s work tends to focus primarily on youth. It all began when he’d undergone a short break in photography, a moment that occurred because of how difficult it was to continue in the field. “I walked a lot in my city of Tashkent and began to photograph the young people, because they are more open to being photographed,” he continues to explain, “and so a series of ordinary portraits of the young generation of my city happened.”
By turning a focus on the youths of Uzbekistan, Hassan aims to provide a visual platform for the “outsiders” to shine through – a place where smaller subcultures are represented, as well as those who remind him of himself at their age. “I wanted to show that Tashkent is not such an outlandish city, there are guys here who could live in any city in the world.”
Alongside this portfolio of work, one that he describes as a “deep study” of his region, Hassan has just completed a new project, titled Logomania: Owning the World at Half Price –2020年欧洲杯赛程 a series he refers to as an investigation into modern Uzbekistan and a place in which he’s ironically showing the Western obsession with logos of famous brands. “My past and future series,” he says, “in one way or another are connected with the questions of who we are as a nation and what Uzbekistan is today.” This essential question drives the series, where symbols and everyday life is portrayed with Eastern mass culture, fashion and religion, alongside “the influence of the West.” He adds: “In this series, I objectify the local obsession and the borrowing of luxury.”
Most imperative is Hassan’s need to centre his work around the theme of home, “a place where I feel calm and well.” In this turbulent climate whereby most of the world is self-isolating, it’s never been so important to steer away from the doom and gloom and remember some of the cosy, homely and good things in life – those that are quite literally on our door step.