Almagul Menlibayeva

Almaty, Kazakhstan
In her video performances Almagul Menlibayeva, an artist from Kazakhstan, employs the language of so-called Romantic Punk Shamanism to express her vision and understanding of the surrounding world. It is a very precise and advanced language of creative expression, which brings a balanced harmony between Islamic culture's tradition of belonging and contemporary Art. Since her artistic vocabulary is very varied and flexible, Almagul Menlibayeva is able to establish links between the post-rebellion cultures of the 60s, 70s and early 80s. At the same time, she uses a very poetic language that can touch the souls of those who are disillusioned with contemporary consumerist culture and expose them to a transcendental reality. Her exotic vocabulary and
semantics can shock viewers, knocking them out of their sleepy and drab daily lives, as well as expose hidden social and cultural conflicts. Nevertheless, Menlibayeva's language remains innocent. It is free of the stale seriousness of Hollywood imagery.

Romantic Punk Shamanism is also a bearer of animistic philosophy,which stems from the heart of Almagul Menlibayeva's culture's, and strives to impart its legacy to globalize technological society. The notion of female identity is also fundamental in Menlibayeva's work. Through the confrontation between Kazakhstan's ancient culture and Western culture's recent influences, female identity triumphs in the artist's imaginary realm. The rituals of life are thus entrusted to a female identity and women become the bearers of new values.

place & year of birth
1969, Kazakhstan

featured galleries

1987 - 1992

Graduated from Art and Theatre University of Kazakhstan in Almaty.

solo exhibitions

'On the road', galerie davide gallo, Berlin, Germany


'Steppen Baroque', video and painting, 'Alma-Ata' the gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

group exhibitions

Live Cinema - The Return of the image: Video from Central Asia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

37th Edition Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherland


Live Cinema - The Return of the image: Video from Central Asia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

Destination Asia, Galerie 88, Mumbay, Indian

Central Asian Project in collaboration with Asia Art + Cornerhaus, curated by Yuliya Sorokina, Almaty (Kazakhstan), Bishek
(Kirgizstan), Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Performance 'Peristan' for the opening of Venice Biennale 52, Central Asian Pavillon, curated by Uyliya Sorokina, Venice, Italy

'Time of the Storytellers', curated by Viktor Misiano, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma , Helsinki, Finland

Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

'Thermocline of Art - New Asian Wawes', ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany

'The paradox of polarity: Contemporary Art from Central Asia', curated by Leeza Ahmady,Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

'Central Asian Project', Cornerhouse, Manchester, London, Great Britain

Artefiera Bologna, Bologna, Italy


Steppen Baroque as a Spiritual Renaissance, text by Jari-Pekka Vanhala, Universes in Universe

-->Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany

-->Tarinankertojien aika - Time of the Storytellers - Narrative and Distant Gaze in Post-Soviet Art, Museum of Contemporary Art
Kiasma, edit by Viktor Misiano and Jari-Pekka Vanhala


Almaty, 3rd prize at the 'Sacrate places of Kazakhstan' video festival by Center of Contemporary Art Sorous-Kazakhstan


Almaty, 2nd prize at the Ferst Video Festival by Center of Contemporary art , Sorous-Kazakstan
Almaty , received an Independent Prize of Kazakhstan 'Tarlan'