On June 28, 2022  in the art gallery of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy (1a, A. Bokeikhan Street), the opening of “The New Silk Road: Time, Space and Existence” exhibition, organized jointly with the Nursultan Nazarbayev Foundation, will take place. Among the partners are Global Forum Resources LLC, Atelier Morales (France), Astana International Financial Center, United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Railway Alliance JSC.

As part of the development of dialogue and reflections on modern international trade routes and economic ties, Global Forum Resources commissioned two artists from the Parisian studio Atelier Morales, Juan Luis Morales and Teresa Ayuso, to take a photo tour along the famous Great Silk Road.

The materials of “The New Silk Road: Time, Space and Existence” exhibition introduce us to modern countries and cities through which the route of the Great Silk Road passed in the distant past. Starting their journey in China in Shanghai, the artists have traveled more than 13,000 km (mostly by land), visiting numerous cities, historical sites, attractions in the territories of China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Germany, Russia and Belarus.

The photographs, taken during the trip were released in a collection called “The New Silk Road: Time, Space and Existence” and are intended to reflect key aspects of how the land and sea corridors, that today connect Europe with Asia, are superimposed on the historical Silk Road,  with its landscapes and the main hallmarks, integrated into the modern Silk Roads. They show how different traditions and cultures coexist today to enable the modern flow of energy, information and goods.

In the period from 2020 to 2021, the photographs were presented at a traveling exhibition that visited several major cities. Prior to this exhibition, works of art were presented in Venice (Italy) at the prestigious 2019 International Art Biennale.

In the modern world, attention to the Great Silk Road is returning due to the rise of Asia, where almost 65% of the world’s population lives, as well as thanks to the initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Kazakhstan (2013) “Belt and Road”. The initiative seeks to promote and invest in the revival of trade routes of the past for a prosperous future of the countries.

“The New Silk Road: Time, Space and Being” exhibition will last until July 28, 2022.