About the project

ADAMDAR/CA is the stories of people, landscapes and ideas of Central Asia.

It is the smell of freshly baked sambusa, kumys and tandyr bread, the scent of edelweiss, wormwood and tulips blossoming in the month of Nauryz.

It is the footsteps that wanderers leave in the peaks of the Ile Alatau and Terskei Ala-Too, Altay and the Pamirs. Or on the streets of Samarkand, Aktau, Khorugh, Almaty, Osh, Dushanbe, and Bukhara.

It is the conversations that come to life and fade along the Caspian coastline. It is chitchats on the banks of the Ili, Chon-Kimin, Irtysh, Pyandj, Amu and Syr-Darya rivers. It is the sky above Khiva, Jalal-Abad, Khujand, Bishkek and Karaganda.

It is a symphony that interlaces the heavy metal of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy* and Uzbekiston Temir Yullari* with the roaring rock-n-roll of off-roaders ripping down the roads of Mangystau, Gorny Badakhshan, Kungei Ala-Too and the eternal blues of the great Kypchak steppes.

It is the modern age of  the CA geography. It is the voices of those who we met on the journey. Those who walk alongside us. And those who we are about to meet.


*Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan railways


Cover image: Pyandj river, Tajikistan (by Timur Nusimbekov)