Art Group 705, Kyrgyzstan
Ashirbek is working on his little bonsai garden for twenty years. He lives in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Each day he works in the garden from morning till late at night, then he reads and makes notes. Many people dream of a paradise on Earth, of a place for rest and piece, where nothing disturbs us. Japanese garden fits in very well with this concept. A garden of gods.
Ashirbek’s experience is the one that shows us that building utopia is a very practical issue, but having no conceptual elaboration we will act in our habitual ways. As soon as we try to build it, we result in our typical world, the same miserable, dirty and grey as always. In order to overcome our habits we need to search for new methods in literature and take them to practice or get rid of them for their uselessness. His practice shows that you can never do only with the words. Acts are the main prove of your rightness. If the garden blossoms well then you are right, this is the right way. If it fades then you are wrong. Ashirbek’s favorite sayings are “even if you are dying stand up and chop a firewood”, “fire your bonsai but don’t touch natural trees”. His project is a theory, a practice and ethics in his everyday struggle.