To mark the advent of spring in London, the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan hosted an evening of art and culture with a talk from a prominent artist from Uzbekistan, Larisa Davats, who brought her exhibition “Journeys” to London. In his welcoming speech, His Excellency former Ambassador Alisher Kurmanov noted that exhibition could not have come at a greater time for Uzbekistan - “This is a time of new beginnings and new journeys for Uzbekistan and the world, and it is a true pleasure to see Uzbekistan being the soul of these paintings” he noted.
Larisa’s exhibition “Journeys” tells the story of her travels through different cultures and lands, and the transformation of the world as she sees it. The name is fitting; Larisa is a woman of many journeys herself - born in China, she studied in Moscow and travelled through Central Asia in search of inspiration, where she settled in Tashkent, the city that influenced her artistic vision and became the birthplace of her exhibition.
During the evening Larisa touched upon the beauty of the Uzbek land, and shared little known facts about Uzbekistan.
The audience were pleasantly surprised, for example, to learn the origin of the name of the city of Khiva: travellers passing through the city, upon drinking the excellent water, would exclaim "Khey vakh!" ("What a pleasure!") and hence the city became known as Kheyvakh, whence Khiva.