Aigana Gali: Light Works

Aigana Gali: Light Works
Aigana Gali - TUMAR I, II, III, 2023

Aigana Gali: Light Works
7th March, 2024 – 20th April, 2024
Königsallee 27-31
40212 Düsseldorf

SETAREH is honoured to present the debut exhibition of the visionary force which is Aigana Gali, a painter who has within a decade made a body of work for the ages. In her first exhibition with the gallery, Gali presents images which contain ancient knowledge that comes to her similarly to images of Hilma af Klint, a spiritual process that she describes as ‘excavating the light’.

Aigana Gali: Light Works
Aigana Gali
UMAI II, 2023
Acrylic and oil on canvas
160 x 130 cm

Born on the ancient crossing of the Great Silk Road in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Aigana’s formative years were spent in the wild, open cradle of the Eurasian Steppe. This rich cultural heritage is an infinite source for her work, which she brings to life through the universal language of colour and form. This exhibition will feature work from her important Steppe series as well as recent Light Works.

Aigana Gali: Light Works
Exhibition View: Aigana Gali,TUMAR I, II, III, 2023, SETAREH, Düsseldorf, 2024
© Ivo Faber

For several years, Gali became deeply focused on making the series of works entitled Steppe, which express Aigana’s spiritual connection to the topographical vastness of her native land. Conjuring the atmospheric emptiness of the Eurasian Steppe, layers of colour are built up by sweeping giant brushes over canvas laid on the floor. Radiant and mutable, like sea or sky, these works capture the ephemeral nature of colour found in wide open spaces. Importantly, Steppe laid the ground work for her next series, Tengri – Light Works.

After throughly exploring her memory of light and colour, Aigana felt ready to deliver a very precise message, something completely different from anything she had done before. The works evolve out of a specific point in the canvas from which the light and shapes unfold in perfect, geometric order.

Aigana Gali: Light Works
Aigana Gali – TUMAR I, II, III, 2023

Using fine brushes, the artist kneels before each image, working “like an archeologist, excavating the light.” Fully embracing the spiritual potential of abstraction articulated by artists such as Piet Mondrian and Charmion von Wiegand, Gali’s production likewise has the potential force for social development and balance. Aigana Gali’s art has moved audiences at exhibitions in Paris, Dubai, Moscow, London, Tbilisi, and Capetown to name a few. Light Works is the debut exhibition of these important canvases in Germany.

Aigana Gali: Light Works opens on the 7th of March, 2024 until the 20th of April, 2024 at SETAREH