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Astana, Kazakhstan • 11 April 2022

Portrait of Kenesary Khan Made of Tiny People Drawn by Almaty Artist

Assel wants to inspire people to learn about Kazakh history through art

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Assel Sabyrzhankyzy
Assel Sabyrzhankyzy

"His image is imbued with the spirit of freedom. Kenesary Khan, unfortunately, tragically died in a foreign land, and until now, his remains have not been returned to his homeland. According to legends, when all his remains return to the homeland, our people shall find prosperity. This is a part of our history. My drawing and video send a message that we should remember our history and be proud of our ancestors."

"These days you have to come up with something new and unusual to make sure you get noticed. Why do I draw khans from tiny people? Because khans inspired ordinary people to go on new endeavors, united people around him, raised their spirits, and set common goals for the people. The tiny men are part of my portrait painting system. One little man is just a small doodle. But a cluster of them is power – a full-fledged portrait. As the saying goes, no man is an island."

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