Zhazgul Madazimova

Zhazgul Madazimova studied International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She worked in post-war emergency relief with the UN Refugee Agency, Doctors without Borders and more recently has been involved in projects helping labor migrants from Central Asia in Moscow. For the last four years, the subject of her interest involves social practice art focusing on gender and migration issues in Central Asia.

She shares the project The Personal is Political which recalls the history’s relevance to the modern day Central Asia, where traditional norms of social hierarchy justify domestic violence. The stories kept under wraps, in fear of public shame should no longer be a private matter, but a political one, which is subject for debates and public protests.