On a corner of Kurmangazy Street, Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 2022
There is some great street art around the city of Almaty, often brightening the large walls at the end of huge Soviet architecture buildings. This bright and colourful mural was next to one of my favourite bars in the city.
In a country that is ranked low on freedom of speech – Kazakhstan was rated 158th out of 180 in the World Freedom Index in 2018 – street art gives an opportunity to convey messages that might otherwise be denied. There is plenty of fun art out there too, plus some that is designed to reinforce state messages.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 10 October 2022