Karakul Cultural Surfaces


Start Month:
Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Product
  • Product
  • Artist
  • Artwork Comments 5

Sizing Information

Calendar Size
Width 11.7″
Height 16.5″
(Printed to fit A3)


  • Tough wire binding and hanger
  • Stunningly sharp digital printing
  • Start the year with the month of your choice
  • 200gsm satin art paper with a tougher cover


Artist's Description

Share this page Photographs © 2009 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2012 Marjolein Katsma

Tags for this photograph:
karakul, kara kul, qaraqul, murghab, murghob, gorno badakhshan, tajikistan, pamirs, fence, porch, wall, boulder, cob, mud, mud plaster, plaster, beams, flat roof, window, glass, plastic, gate, wood, metal, car wreck, house, outhouse, mosque, dining room, eatery, line, white, blue, brown

Cultural surfaces are the surfaces humans construct to adapt their environment to suit themselves: fences and walls, windows and doors in walls, floors, ceilings and roofs, pavement. The culture reveals itself in many aspects: technology used, the ‘how we do things here’, how the surfaces are used or modified, etc.

All the photos on this calendar were taken on two days in June 2009 in Karakul, an extremely remote village high (3900m) on the plateau of the Pamirs in Tajikistan.

I have many more photos of Karakul (and even more of Tajikistan) – one day I hope to make a book out of them. For now, this calendar will have to do.

All these images are also available separately as photographic prints or wall art, either here or elsewhere. The thumbnails below link to the respective photo pages:

Karakul's dining room  
Cover image  
Wall shadows (Karakul)   Door furniture - a little deception   Glass, plastic and pink curtains   Porch of the Karakul Jamaat Mosque  
January   February   March   April  
Leaning and sagging in Karakul   Outbuilding in Karakul   Boarded up, with a ladder   Morning meeting  
May   June   July   August  
In Karakul, the sun is bright   The blanket (Karakul)   Building technologies in Karakul   Boarded up - with style (2)  
September   October   November   December  

Artwork Comments

  • Vitta
  • Marjolein Katsma
  • Bobby Dar
  • Marjolein Katsma
  • Lynne Prestebak
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.