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Scandal around Feminale. Provocative exhibits removed

The Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of Kyrgyzstan Azamat Zhamankulov assured reporters today that Feminale would continue at the Gapar Aitiev Museum of Fine Arts in Bishkek.

The official admitted that he was upset by the incident.

In his opinion, the society was divided into two camps — for and against the Feminale. Azamat Zhamankulov believes that there are no losers or winners in this matter.

The head of the ministry also admitted that he was not against the idea of ​​organization and opening of the Feminale.

«This is the public that opposes a show with naked women at the museum,» he said.

The Minister of Culture assured that the Feminale would not be closed. According to him, all provocative exhibits were removed from the exhibition. A special commission is currently working, by the decision of which these exhibits were removed. However, the official refused to provide a list of members of the special commission.

Azamat Zhamankulov agrees with opponents of the feminists’ event, who stated the need to take into account the set of mind of the Kyrgyz.

The first Feminale of Contemporary Art is held in Bishkek. The large-scale exposition was opened in the Museum of Fine Arts named after Gapar Aitiev with works of 56 artists from 22 countries.

However, activists were outraged by the performance, which provoked heated discussions on social media about the plight of young women — a girl washing sheep’s intestines in a bowl, or naked women.

The Director of the Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts Mira Dzhangaracheva was hastily dismissed by the Minister of Culture Azamat Zhamankulov.