The Suitcase


In Bishkek, the larger city in Kyrgyzstan, Nina brought us to the studio of Valeriy Ruppel a local painter. Although Valeriy is a painter and a sculptor he is considered one of the most conceptual artist in Central Asia.

As the conversation turns to food he opens a suitcase full of casts of sheep innards, he explains to us that they represent the different organs that go into Kuyrdak, the dish we ate first at Aiman’s lamb dinner.

Nina Bagdasarova is a teacher, scholar and Jazz singer. She was born and lives in Bishkek where she works for an NGO.


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