Haider Mukhit

graphic design - video art -
creative writing/editing - illustration

> from Qazaqstan
> based in The Netherlands

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Caspia Cassiopeia

Open Letter for Page Not Found

poetry: vinyl lettering
mini-installation: weaving, iron wire, textile, macrame
Jan 25th - Feb 26th 2023

Artists based in The Hague are selected to write Open Letters with vulnerable and urgent messages for Page Not Found’s storefront window. Haider’s Open Letter ‘Caspia Cassiopeia’ discusses the possible disintegration of the Caspian Sea and is on view from January 25th till February 26th. 

kaz.type 1.0

Public lecture and a curated account
on Kazakh/Qazaq typography and its multi-script history 

Haider’s project ‘kaz.type 1.0’ is in progress and started with a curated revival of old Qazaq typography and researching the history behind its multi-script transformations. He held a BarTalk lecture at The Grey Space in the Middle to present his findings. 

[Some excerpts from the lecture on the left, designed by Haider. Lecture photo taken by Alex Heuvink].


Do not express your emotions

video, 11’01”. 16x9
music by Entity Void

Screened at the Sea, Dream, Land, Mine event 
at Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen.
Temirtau is a short video made by Haider Mukhit, which is dedicated to the coal miner hunger strike on 11th December 2017, in Temirtau, Kazakhstan. Temirtau hosts a large coal and steel plant, and has been the heart of coal and steel production in Kazakhstan for decades. Inspired by David Lynch’s Eraserhead, this short audio-visual film, with its menacing electronic sound and scary/claustrophobic visuals, is an attempt to capture industrial horror and environmental and physiological harm behind extraction and exploitation.

Watch it here.


Visual identity sketching

Qtopia Festival is a platform for queer artists and events in Nijmegen, Netherlands. 

Haider sketched an idea for the homepage and the main visual element for the Qtopia project: a magical mirror that is a portal to a futuristic, queer-friendly space.


Kazakh traditional jewelry for the Non Native Native art fair.
handpainted textile and lasercut leather. 2021

Tumars are handmade talismans from Central Asia that usually have a Quran verse sealed inside them. They are given for protection as a talisman and can be worn as a necklace or stored in your house.

To Haider, tumars are one of the manifestations of the rich and complex history of Central Asia and Kazakh people among them, a blend of Muslim, Turkic, Scythian, Mongolian, and Persian art and culture. In Scythian art, one might notice the traces of the earliest playful designs with geometrical patterns, applied onto metal, weaved fabric, and leather. These patterns may as well have contained the original mathematical formulas behind graphic design, which serve as a foundation of pictorical communications today.

Zanovo Media*

Visual identity sketching 
*this project is made using Cyrillic script. 2021

Zanovo Media is an online platform for political news and articles.

This is a draft sketch of a visual identity, taking the avant-garde Soviet design to a digital landscape and giving it a fresh new look.

Wunderkammer 10.0

A short film by Soyun Park, in collaboration with Inwoo Jung and Yelim Ki. 

Haider’s role: English subtitles and publication text editor.

This short audio-visual film is a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic story, told from the point of view of an AI, that gets radicalized after reading through the blog of an activist, Ms. Teapot. 

The Tale of the Shrinking Sea

Short story by Haider Mukhit

Published in the City College of New York student magazine. The story takes place in the 1960s and revolves around a fishing village near the Aral Sea. It is written in the style of magical realism, while referencing the various water and land characters from the Kazakh folklore. One of them is a strange aquatic creature that Aliya, the fisherwoman, falls in love with.