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Ermina Takenova

MA work


My project is based on a Turkic legend which was adapted in the novel The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years by Chingiz Aitmatov. 'Mankurt' is a term used to describe a mindless slave, who had their memory erased completely, as a result of a horrible torture. The story explores the topics of oppression and brainwashing, as well as the relationship between the mother and her son, who was turned into a mankurt. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Animation, 2016

  • My work is heavily narrative and character based in both of my illustration and animation practices. As for animation specifically, I’m excited by the idea of creating dream worlds and inhabiting them with characters, and giving life, feelings and emotions to them. My biggest sources of inspiration are mythology, literature and nature. Coming from Kazakhstan, a country which has such a diverse society and culture, I consider myself a carrier of both Kazakh and Russian cultures. I have an extensive knowledge of Central Asian folk art and mythology, as well as knowledge of Soviet animation, which indeed are the few of the biggest influences on my work.

  • Degrees

  • BA Illustration and Visual Media, London College of Communication, 2014