In 2014, Marker turned its focus to Central Asia and the Caucasus. Curated by the artists Slavs and Tatars, this themed series of exhibitions and educational initiatives included gallery booth exhibitions, talks, research projects and commissioned artists’ projects.
The five artspaces and organisations selected for Marker 2014 were:
ArtEast (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Asia Art+ (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
North Caucasus Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art (Vladikavkaz, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia)
Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project (Tbilisi, Georgia)
YARAT Contemporary Art Organisation (Baku, Azerbaijian)
Marker featured additional contributions by:
IADA International Art Development Association (Almaty, Kazakhstan / Paris, France)
Mardjani Foundation (Moscow, Russia)
Slavs and Tatars worked with each space and their artists to present existing and new work that together forms a collective exhibition through a ‘regime of portraiture’, including faces, places and traces from mid-twentieth-century painting to contemporary drawings and sculptures.
At the fair, Marker took the form of a chaikhaneh or Eurasian (tea) salon, to activate each work as a point of departure, to tell larger stories touching upon questions of faith, language, landscape; and importantly, how these notions are ritualised, interiorised, and hybridised beyond the often brittle politics of identity.