Aziza Kadyri (UK associate) is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on experimental costume, textiles, live/digital performance, and extended reality. She is also cofounder of Qizlar Collective, a grassroots feminist community of artists and creators based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Aziza’s work is grounded in a fusion of collaboration and interdisciplinary methodologies that drive the creation of both physical and digital immersive experiences. She is interested in participatory practices with local communities and her projects explore the themes of migration, displacement, social invisibility, identity, decolonisation, feminism, and language.

As a UK associate at Delfina Foundation, Aziza will focus on creating new work based on her ongoing research into the construction and reconstruction of Central Asian identities during migration, both internal and external. In collaboration with Qizlar, she will explore the narratives and experiences shared by women in the Uzbekistani community. The intention is for the work to evolve into a contemplation of embodied memories, collective practices, and the relationship between the body and its environment, manifested through costumes that shape shift into sculptures accompanied by audiovisual material.

Aziza has contributed to a number of initiatives, including Stihia Festival, Navoi region, Uzbekistan (2023); Өmә, nGbK, Berlin, Germany (2023); D’EST, Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin, Germany (2023); Prague Quadrennial of Performance, Czech Republic (2023); and Athens Digital Arts Festival, Greece (2021, 2022) among others. She has facilitated workshops at the Goethe Institut and 139 Documentary Centre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2022); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2021); FemAgora, Shymkent, Kazakhstan (2021, 2023); and Izolyatsia, Kyiv, Ukraine (2020). She holds a Master’s degree in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins, London.

Aziza was born in Russia and is currently based between the UK and Uzbekistan.

With support from

Uzbekistan Art and Culture Development Foundation

Residency season

Winter 2024 and Spring 2024

Artist’s website



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