Alexander Ugay (b. 1978, Kyzylorda) is currently one of the most active figures in the Kazakh art scene. Educated in St. Petersburg and the University of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. Ugay is one of the co-founders of the experimental collective Bronepoez (literally “armoured train”).
The artist comes from a Korean family that was deported to Central Asia in the 1930s; perhaps because of his family history, Ugay is particularly interested in individual and collective memory. To create his works, Ugay uses history-laden recording equipment from the Soviet period. According to the press release, “its attendant unpredictability […] remains fully part of the final work”. Ugay’s works have been exhibited in numerous biennales and international shows.