8 photos on red paper background



In the Kyrgyz language there is the phrase “kyzyl kamchy”, the literal translation of this words is “red whip”. This is the name given to men who beat their wives with cruelty and persistence. The whip is red with blood. “let the red whip break” was my poster for the peaceful March 8, 2020, when I was among the women detained by the police, which is kyzyl kamchy too. I couldn’t get my poster up then. But since then, I go to rallies with it, make pickets and art protests.

About the artist

Altyn Kapalova

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Altyn Kapalova is a Bishkek based visual artist and queer activist. She has been creating experimental art products, combining science, art, and politics.