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The Secret underground of Nur-Sultan: Art of Artist Almaz Duisebayev

Kazakh Artist and Videographer Almaz Duisebayev made some creative collages of the underground below famous buildings of Kazakhstan’s capital. We had the opportunity to talk with him about his art and his life.

Info Shymkent: Hello, Almaz. How are you? Where are you now?
Almaz: Hello there! I am fine, thank you. I am currently in Nur-Sultan (former Astana).

Info Shymkent: Almaz, can you tell us about yourself? Why did you choose the way of videographer?
Almaz: From an early age I loved to draw. Later, while studying at the institute, my parents bought a computer for me and I learned to use design & animation programs. After finishing the third course at university I’ve got a job at the regional television of the city Taraz in south Kazakhstan and I started to work as a designer. In general, I have been working in this profession for more than 15 years.

Info Shymkent: Which style do you prefer to work in? Also, what do you usually like to capture by camera? People, cities or nature?
Almaz: I like vector shape animation style. However, in order to expand the field of knowledge, I shoot another videos with the camera, actors in the studio and I do 3D / 2D graphics. Lately, I like to take pictures of city buildings, sculptures and to make animations out of it.

Info Shymkent: You published some nice artwork playing with Nur-Sultan’s icon buildings recently. The style is a similar to the Romanian artist Sofian Moumene but with a huge difference: He continued just the architecture of the building to the underground, but you gave way to your fantasy. You discovered Aliens, Tulips, Planes and even space stations under the buildings of Kazakhan’s capital Nur-Sultan. Awesome! Can you tell us more about these pictures? Where you got this inspiration?

Almaz: Yes, before I saw pictures of foreign designers who just extending the buildings underground. But there are so many beautiful, interesting and futuristic buildings in our capital. So the idea came to me to do it also for the buildings of our capital of Kazakhstan – Nur-Sultan.

Info Shymkent: Let’s talk about Kazakhstan. Where have you been in Kazakhstan?
Almaz: I was born and raised in Taraz. I lived and worked in Almaty for five years. I also visited Atyrau, Pavlodar, Shymkent, Aktobe and Kustanai – mostly on a business trip.

Info Shymkent: Can you tell us about the places you like very much. And why?
Almaz: I like Almaty with its nature, mountains and culture. Sometimes I miss Taraz, because I was born and raised there. I have parents and friends there. But the closest place for me is our capital … because Nur-Sultan is a new and beautiful city. And there are a lot of opportunities.

Info Shymkent: You visited Shymkent. What is your opinion about Shymkent? Can you share with your impressions.
Almaz: I was for the first time in the city Shymkent. It is a very warm and beautiful city. Polite and nice people. Delicious food and affordable prices.

Info Shymkent: How does COVID-19 affect your work?
Almaz: I had to stop my working at the beginning of the pandemic and devoted my free time to creativity. At that time, new ideas emerged and creative works were published.

Info Shymkent: Which skills do you have beside videography? Tell us about your hobbies.
Almaz: My hobby was drawing a long time ago. That hobby has become a profession. Currently I only go to the gym. I also loved traveling to other countries … before the pandemic 🙂.

Info Shymkent: What’s the advice you would like to give for beginners in videography?
Almaz: Improve, learn and make something out of it! Explore new software programs and applications without fear. Love your work … work for art, not for money!

Info Shymkent: What are your plans for 2021?
Almaz: There are many plans for 2021. Working and developing … my goal is to reach a new level.

Info Shymkent: Thank you very much for this great interview, Almaz and the opportunity to got some insights into your creative work. We wish you good luck and creativity for your new projects in 2021.

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