Aziza Kadyri is a Moscow-born London-based Uzbek designer and performance artist who works primarily in visual design and direction for live performance and film. Aziza’s practice revolves around collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches in live audience experiences, where stories are told through text and visual transformations often supported by video, AR, VR, and other digital technology. Digital illustration is also an essential aspect of her work. Aziza’s projects often explore the themes of cultural identity, migration, and language. She is currently developing a one-person show, Fittings, that explores post-communist realities and confused cultural identities that present themselves as a tangle of traditional lifestyles, Soviet ideology and Islamic values. Her recent short film, Kadyrova Street, is an extension of the show.
Before moving to London, Aziza had worked on costume for productions at the Bolshoi Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and other companies across Russia and China. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Fashion Design from Tsinghua University in Beijing and earned her Masters of Art (Distinction) in Performance Practice and Design from Central Saint Martins. After completing the Internship program at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial, Aziza became an editor for Ascending Design, an online publication for emerging theatre & performance designers. She is one-third of the Diverted Traffic performance collective.
Interview published on Magazeta - the largest Russian-language online news portal about China and East Asia.
MINDSCAPES. Augmented Reality and the imagination during the pandemic. Co-written with Sophia Bulgakova.
Interview on 1Granary about the Pause or Pay campaign (London, 2020). By Zofia ZwieglinskaWIEGLINSK
"The Prague Quadrennial is a little universe with its representation of the whole outside itself": My reflections on the PQ 2019 Internship Program.