Since August 2018, when Emil Nasritdinov arrived in Washington DC from Kyrgyzstan, he has been working on his main Fulbright research project, writing a book about Kyrgyz labor migration to Russia. However, this year was not just about reading and writing: he pursued his other passion – drawing and painting. He took a bit of time every few days or so to paint what he saw around him: streets, houses, parks, historical landmarks, fire hydrants – everything that looked interesting or could tell some kind of a story. Emil’s favorite medium was always watercolor: he loves its fluidity, transparency and unpredictability. He also sketches a lot and from time to time he paints in oil. He painted a lot of scenes in Washington DC and in Arlington where he lives with his family, but also scenes from other cities where he travelled: New York, Pittsburg, Princeton, St Thomas.
Please join us for the opening of Emil’s exhibition “America through Kyrgyz Eyes: Art of a Visiting
Scholar”, which will feature 30 pieces of artwork painted this year.
Emil Nasritdinov is a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Elliot School of International Affairs, GWU. He has been teaching anthropology and doing research at the American University of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek since 2007. However, his main academic training, which partially explains his interest in visual arts, is in the field of architecture and urban planning. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne, Australia.