is a documentary of a journey through the post-soviet cities of Central Asia: Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Almaty and Astana with an artist and urban theorist KYONG PARK.
In the fall of 2008 filmmaker Alexandra Lerman joined artist and urban theorist Kyong Park on a journey through 5 cities in Central Asia. The trip took place in some of the oldest inhabitant cities of the world such as Samarkand and Bukhara, wonders of Soviet urban planning such as Tashkent and Almaty and the new capital of the post-soviet Kazakhstan Astana.
The result is a travelogue through the post-soviet cities of the New Silk Roads consisting of 5 episodes that shed light on the political, cultural and economic transformation of the cities and explains how they can be understood through their urban landscapes. The films are filled with interviews with local and European archeologists, historians, architects, geographers, artists and curators, who are involved with the region and observations by Kyong Park.
The trip to Central Asia was part of Kyong’s Park’s ongoing research for his exhibition “New Silk Roads” at Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León curated by Octavio Zaya.
The project consists of five parts: “Nomadic Practice” “Tashkent” “Astana” “Siding Idenitity” “Oil/ Water/ Democracy”