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Aigana Gali
AINALAIYN | Paintings by Aigana Gali | Art Museum of Georgia in T'bilisi
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Acrylic, oil on canvas.

Orally narrated from generation to generation, the legend of Ainalaiyn tells a story of love, sacrifice, and mystical beliefs. Known and remembered by few, the artist brings to life a mysterious shamanic ritual that dates back to pre-Islamic times.
The legend goes that ancient shamanic tribes would fervently seek out a child within the community; one who would be the most beautiful, the healthiest, the purest, and the strongest: one who would be called Ainalaiyn.
Treated with reverence, the child would be cherished and deemed as the dearest and most precious treasure. With his coming of age, a ritual would be performed during which members of the tribe would walk around a pole, hand in hand with Ainalaiyn. The child would then be sacrificed as an offering to the world of the divine.
With shamanic tradition fading away, the word Ainalaiyn started being used to express tender and loving emotions equivalent to “my beloved” or “my dearest.” Some believed that by going around a sick or struggling person, their misfortune and suffering could be transferred onto those performing the ritual. Ainalaiyn became a concept of self- sacrifice.
The artist imagines and interprets the meaning of the ritual for the steppe’s tribes. Riddled with mixed emotions, this dramatic but beautiful celebration represents the intense process of giving up something or someone you profoundly cherish for a greater purpose.

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I can see it's nature in everything I do. When immersed within the barren lands, a deep feeling of nothingness washes over you, but it's the perfect “nothing”. The familiarity of infrastructure shielding you from yourself is suddenly absent. The knowledge of understanding oneself is graciously met when immersed in such a place where only thoughts can fill the air around you, and you feel the true proportion of your personality against this enormous void.

Aigana Gali is a contemporary artist whose work conjures a universe of resilient colour, immersive textures, and the mystery of existence. Born of Georgian and Kazakh descent, Aigana Gali was raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the ancient crossing on the Great Silk Road, where Asia and Europe mix to give the world a unique blend of culture.
Deeply influenced by her Central Asian roots, her artistic talent often expresses itself through elaborate concepts of duality. She regularly investigates opposing themes, such as physical world and spiritual beliefs, reality and imagination, human constructions and nature, being and nothingness.
Gali has made numerous successful painting and drawing exhibitions worldwide. Over a hundred of the artist’s works are in private and public collections in the UK, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

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