On 5 September, 2017, IOM/UN Migration Agency, Sub-regional coordination office for Central Asia in partnership with the Kasteyev Museum (Almaty, Kazakhstan) present the IOM Central Asia PhotoStory exhibition

Migrants: An Invisible force in Central Asia

The exhibition will showcase more than forty photographs with their accompanying texts, as submitted by Central Asian Artists/Photographers and University Students, as well as stories shared by two Central Asian writers who participate in the project.

The aim of the PhotoStory project is to raise awareness on migrants’ rights, enhancing tolerance, eliminating xenophobia and racism towards migrants’ and migrant communities. Apart from the exhibition the project includes the production of a webdocumentary (duration 10min).


The IOM Central Asia PhotoStory exhibition is the outcome of an Open Call to Artists/Photographers and University Students from Central Asia in March 2017, and completed in May 2017.

A Photo-Jury panel of five members convened at the IOM Almaty office, in mid-June and decided upon three winners from the Artists/Photographers’ category Elyor Nematov, Didor Sadulloev, Diana Mindubayeva and two winners from the University Students category Almazbek Duyishebaev, Rakhat Sagynbek Kyzy


All participants had to submit with their photographs texts which explained or accompanied their series of work. In addition to that, two Central Asian writers, Dr. Nafisa Abdullaeva and Yermek Tursunov were invited by IOM Central Asia to share their own stories by reflecting on the winning photographs of the Artists/Photographers Category.


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