Durdy Bayramov (1938-2014) was raised as an orphan in Soviet Turkmenistan but rose to become widely recognized as one of Eurasia’s preeminent artists. During a prolific career that spanned nearly six decades, Bayramov created more than 5000 artworks, many of which were acquired by prominent museums around the world.
Bayramov settled in Toronto, where the Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation maintains a permanent gallery of his work on Bayview Avenue.
After Bayramov’s passing, the foundation began to archive his collections, discovering boxes of undeveloped films containing rare photographs of Turkmen villages taken from the period of the 1960s through the 1980s.
Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov: Turkmen Village Life 1960s-80s is a collection of 40 of the most intriguing of the artist’s photographs, capturing traditional village practices as they were carried out. In addition to the fascinating historical potential of these photographs, the images are aesthetically pleasing and capture stunning moments of uninhibited human activity.
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