Migrants: An Invisible Force in Central Asia

Two Central Asian writers will reflect and write on the series of the winning photographs from both categories, the University students and the Photographers/Artists.

The texts will be their own original work on the winning photographs without having seen the photographers’ texts. In that manner a “third” art work, so to speak will be created, which will result from their reaction to the images.

The text can be a poem, a short description of the image or even of one detail that has struck them. The aim of bringing story writing hand in hand with the image is to underline the openness of the photograph to different interpretations and its own “invisible power” to stimulate the imagination.


Yermek Tursunov
Yermek Tursunov is one of the most titled film directors in Kazakhstan today. He is officially recognized as one of five best directors of Asia (APSA research over 70 countries). He is the only one from Kazakhstan who was nominated for the American Oscar three times and twice for the Asian Oscar. More than twenty of his screen writings were filmed. Holder over twenty international prizes and awards of festivals of category "A". Tursunov graduated from Al-Farabi University (faculty of journalism, Almaty, 1984) and VGIK, scenario and cinematography faculty (Moscow, 1990).

Nafisa Abduallaeva
Dr. Nafisa Abdullaeva is a writer and poet. Also she was a founder and chief editor of the popular magazine "Darmon" in Uzbekistan for more than 10 years. In 2012, she released her first book, "Without You" and in 2014 her novel "A fragment from the novel" was published. Abdullayeva is known in wider circles of writers, she writes book reviews for the publishing house "The Myth", and is a leading author of radio program "Book Tashkent”. Dr. Abdualleva is currently a partner at Lex Mark Advocate Law Firm.