Balnura Nussipova is a multimedia artist and film photographer based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Born in 1998, Nussipova grew up in Astana and Almaty, and spent significant time in the Jambyl region (Taraz). Balnura has collaborated on various projects with FMT.Jetlag, Qara Production, the United Nations Development Programme, and Red Bull. She has also held roles as a production designer and exhibited in various spaces, including the National Museum of Kazakhstan in Astana, TEDx Astana, and ARTBATFEST in Almaty. A strong advocate for human rights, Nussipova’s Contemporary practice focuses on themes such as equality, social justice, LGBTQ+ awareness, and education in Central Asia. Nussipova’s works are informed by her experience with different mediums such as animation, music, painting, collage, video, and photography, which she uses to narrate her impressions of the world around her. As a femme artist who draws from her childhood experiences in the village, Nussipova’s works are both nostalgic yet anticipatory, and as such, exist as not only a reflection of her national culture, traditions, and memories, but also her relationship with the environment. Above all, Nussipova’s practice extends beyond the analogue lens, as she also tackles themes of social inequality. Regardless of gender, race, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation, Nussipova advocates for the equal rights of all. Oyan Qazaq is another seminal work by Nussipova that further explores her experience of the industrialization of Kazakhstan, in which she highlights themes of collectivization and repression.