Postcards from Uzbekistan
This year started, for me and my father, under the cold sun of Samarkand's winter. We've been travelling a lot lately. "The country of a hundred shrines", as people call Uzbekistan, has been for us a source of wonder and inspiration. It is a country of wonderful patterns and wonderful colors. The blue of the sky, the yellow bricks of those old, mysterious buildings, the red of the earth, the azure domes and the blue tiles of the Madrasas, the intricate patterns drawn, carved, painted on every wall, on every door, embroidered on their traditional Suzanis. It is a country of colors. Textiles, carpets and spices tidily stacked on the stalls of their bazaars, colorful foods served in colorful plates. Colorful souls of many friendly, smiling people which spoke an incomprehensible language and nonetheless made us feel welcome at the other end of the world.
This is what I tried to extrapolate from the many pictures we brought back as a souvenir. I spent almost one month mixing those images, those colors, those patterns, all those incredible memories. It has been a long travel inside a travel, in order to distillate something that could summarize in a couple of images all the wonder, the joy, the beauty that we met in this wonderful country.
And I feel I failed in my task, because many of those thing can not be told, painted, explained. You have to experience them.
I hope you'll like them, in any case.
This collection of artworks is also our attempt to give back something to this wonderful country. Indeed, while we were there we marked five banknotes with Caedmon's logo.
If you will ever find one of those, send it to me and you'll get one of the works in this collection (contact me via email
for the details). The notes were spent in Bukhara, Tashkent and Samarkand - good luck finding them!
Textiles stall at the Bazaar