Artist
Kokonja
Kokonja (b. 1996) is a young artist born in Aqmola oblysy, Zhalgyzqaragsai, based Almaty. She studied at Philology faculty, Eurasian Institute for Humanities in Astana. In 2020 started her artistic career after moving to Almaty. She is a student of Bakhyt Bubikanova. Her practice includes textile and sound art.

As generations of her maternal famale line were traditional craftswomen in felting, weaving and sewing Kokonja found the meaning to continue the mastery learning the almost lost knowledge, as well as remember those women through the practice, as first step she sewing such artworks. She also appeal her memorie fixed in a sensual and tactile way according to her earlier child and younger years while living in a village. Kazakh mythology is also her basic topic to explore and inspire.

Kokonja is also a DJ, last year she represented contemporary scene of Almaty at Boiler Room.

She have been exhibited in group exhibitions at YEMAA gallery in Atyrau, Essential Gallery in Almaty, TSE Art Destination in Astana, and participates group project curated by Saodat Ismailova in Documenta 2022.