The first solo exhibition of the photjournalist and photographer Umida Akhmedova opened on Monday in Tashkent’s ZERO LINE gallery. It will last until the end of August.
The exhibition entitled Meek Sky features some 15 photographs and 3 video art works. "We decided not to overload visitors with too many photographs," Umida Akhmedova commented.
The best of a pool of thousand works were selected for Meek Sky. "I decided to present new works that have never been exhibited, which include best photos of the year. After all, one era has gone, another has come, with a hope that it will be a good one andl offer more opportunities for the development of photography as an art," she added.
Speaking about the title, Umida Akhmedova said that the sky is a very common word in Uzbekistan: "We often say:We have a peaceful sky. Meek Sky is our multiple author name. Everyone can interpret in their own way. I think it is a very poetic name."
Akhmedova's last solo exhibition in Uzbekistan took place in Fergana (Themes on rough terrain, 2008). Her works were exhibited in Copenhagen (2006), Nizhny Novgorod (2010), Rostov-on-Don (2010), Tbilisi.
"Before, I mostly exhibited my works in other cities. I'm very excited, because I always dreamed and wanted to do exhibitions at home," she confessed.
Umida Akhmedova won many international prizes, including the Press Photo of Russia-2004 in category Contemporary Photography in Central Asia, silver medal in photo contest in honor of the 40th anniversary of Victory (Moscow, 1985). In May 2016 she was awarded Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent.