Here is the story. Stealing a few hours from our amusement program (amusement takes a lot of energy and time!) I took a taxi to “Broadway” street; in my student years it was the center of art, culture, and night life of Tashkent. Things have changed since then.
He explains: "“Nostalgia” is somewhat different, experimental..." He exposed in London and Paris. And he is extremely modest. I want to see more of his work. Bakhtiyor gives me addresses of galleries I can visit. He signs “Nostalgia” for me, we say “Goodbye”, and I hail another taxi to dart across the city to Art Gallery Caravan One to have a look at this painting.
Time rolls a few centuries back as I step inside the Caravan One. Tasteful design, hand-made fabrics and tableware, beautiful paintings on the walls - inevitablly with Oriental aura - everything breathes history and tradition.
I am fifteen minutes early for a vernissage; I am invited and I stay. Airy and detailed graphic drawings hung in the courtyard are by Khilola Shermatova, it is her vernissage tonight. She is beautiful and radiant; Peri is the first word which comes to mind...
People arrive. Even the shower doesn’t seem to spoil the magic, on the contrary, it feels like a good omen.