Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

Avant-Garde Nukus

Documentary birthday outing yesterday with Kevin and Bobbi was a good one. We saw The Desert of Forbidden Art. The avant garde lives in Nukus. The documentary told the story of Igor Savitsky’s passion, resolve and single mindedness in rescuing thousands of art works and concurrently doing in his lungs.

Extraordinary vision he had. An instigator in a sparse space. He moved quick and quiet. A contrast to our current cultural capitalists who move slow and in a very straight, risk averse line.

The women artists mentioned in the film fascinated me and I intend to learn more about them. They were, in someways, a step ahead of Savitsky and knew exactly what he was up to and put their work behind it.

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