Menlibayeva A.


photographie, vidéo


Born in Kazakhstan

Menlibayeva Almagul lives and works in Germany and Kazakhstan,

collaborates with the sound artist ans composer OMFO (German Popov, Amsterdam)

Education :

1987 –1992 : Academy of Art and Theatre, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Awards and Grants :


Main Award, KINO DER KUNST in the International Film Competition, Munich, Germany


KfW Audience Award, Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Open Society Institute Budapest, Art and Culture Network Program Grant


Prize de la Nuit Award for Exodus at the 8th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris


Gold Tambourine Prize: Video Art, 1st Prize, Golden Drum International Video Festival, Hanti-Mansiisk, Russia


Sacred Places of Kazakhstan, 3rd Prize, Center of Contemporary Art, Soros Foundation, Kazakhstan


First Video Festival, 2nd Prize, Center of Contemporary Art, Soros Foundation, Kazakhstan

TARLAN, Клуб меценатов Казахстана, an independent prize of Kazakhstan


Asia Art, Grand Prix, Second Biennial of Central Asia, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

DARIN, the state Grand Prix for artists, Kazakhstan


Selected solo exhibitions


Solo show, Yay gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan (upcoming September)


Transoxiana Dreams, Videozone, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany


Empire of the Memory, Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw, Poland

An Odd tor the Wastelands and Gulags, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria


Daughters of Turan, Casal Solleric, La Palma De Mallorca, Spain


Exodus, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

Les rêves perdus d’Aral, Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris, France

Transoxiana Dreams, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY

My Silk Road to you, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Lonely at the Top, Europe at large #6 (Refrains from the Wasteland), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (M HKA), Antwerp, Belgium

Daughters of Turan, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY


Exodus,Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Kurban, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY


Kissing Totems, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY


On the Road, Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin, Germany;

Selected recent group exhibitions


Collection of Huma Kabakcı , Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey ( 23rd Feb-1st May 2016);


Elective Affinities, curated by Viktor Misiano, National Centre for Contemporary Art ( NCCA), Moscow, Russia

How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia, curated by Bart De Baere, Defne Ayas, Nicolaus Schafhausen, commissioner Joseph Backstein, 6th Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia;

Union of the Fire and Water, curated by Suad Garaeva commissioned by Yarat Founadtion, 56 th Venice Biennale, Italy; Fairy Tales, Utopian Days, Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan;

LINE, curated by Basak Senova, Art Rooms, Cyprus, Turkey;


Life as a Legend , a group show of Contemporary Art Kazakhstan, curated by Dimitry Konstantinidis, Daria Evdokimova, Estelle Pietzyk, Museum of Contemporary Art Strasbourg, France;

Prologue Exhibition of Honolulu Biennial, curated by Koan Jeff Baysa and IsabellaEllaheh Hughes, Hawaii, USA

Color of Pomergranates, 90th year anniversary of the birth of S.Paradjanov, curated by Darya Khan, State gallery Solyanka, Moscow, Russia

Threads, curated by Mirijam Westen,  Museum of Contemporay Art Arnhem, Netherlands

Changing Worlds: Contemporary Art from Central Asia, Singapore Art Stage 2014, curated by Charles Merewether, Singapore


Lost to the Future: Contemporary Art from Central Asia, curated by Charles Merewether, Lassale College of Arts, Singapore, Singapore

Film Program Media Art Lab, 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Manege, Russia

A Sense of Place, Wellin Museum, Hamilton, New York

Screening of “Transoxiana Dreams” at MoMA PS1 as part of EXPO 1: New York

Projects Art and Science focusing on the concept of IDENTITY lecture and exhibition with participation Vito Acconci, Ori Gersht, Almagul Menlibayeva, scientists Vittorio Gallese (neuroscientist specialist in mirror neurons and social brain) Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet (psychiatrist specialist in adolescence) and Luc Montagnier (Nobel Prize Winner for the HIV Virus and on the run for asecond Nobel Prize for teletransportation of DNA), Madre Museum of Contemporary Art, Napoli,Italy

KINO DER KUNST, International film festival, Munich, Germany

Female Power. Matriarchy, Spirituality & Utopia, Museum of Modern Kunst, Arnhem, Holland (March 2 – May 19, 2013)

Talk and screening with conversation with Susanne M. Winterling at the Conference Winter-Central Asian Pavilion 55th Venice Biennale, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo,Norway

The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) & Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

One Sixth of the Earth, Ecologies of Image, ZKM- Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medien Technologie, Karlsruhe, Germany

ContemporaryArt from Kazakhstan, project of Marat Guelman,curator Nailya Allachverdieva, gallery Cultural Allianz, Center of Contemporary Art in Vinzavod, Moscow, Russia

III International Biennale of Contemporary Art „Moya Yurga“, Khanty Mansiysk Biennale,Russia

Contemporary Video Art, Videonale-Donetsk, Donetsk, Ukraine

Nomadic Art Camp, Center of ContemporaryArt Bishkek, Bishkek State Museum, Kyrgyzstan

18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia; Lightness & Gravity: Contemporary Works from the Collection, Queensland Art Gallery  Foundation Grant Collection: Queensland ArtGallery, Brisbane, Australia

Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, Redline, Denver, Colorado, USA

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, Arsenal 2012, Kiev Biennial, Ukraine

The Bride’s Face, PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia; Double Vision, Motorenhalle, Center for Contemporary Art Dresden, German

Colors of the Oasis, Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) Seattle, USA

Ultra Memory, curated by Jerome Nivet-Carzon, Palace of the Independency, Astana, Kazakhstan

Aftermath, curated by Basak Senova, Akbank Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey

Ecologies of Image, cirated by Marc Nash,MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain

Paganism, curated by Martin Schibli, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden

East is West: Three Women Artist, LASALLE College of Arts – ICA Singapore, Singapore


The 6thTashkent Biennial, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts; Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University; and Prospect.2 Biennial, New Orleans, USA

4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

Between Heaven and Earth: Contemporary Art from the Centre of Asia, Calvert22, London, UK

Expanded Cinema, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, the Global Health Odyssey Museum, Atlanta, GA

Video Re: View Festival as part of Videonale 13, BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice, Poland

COLLECTION XXVII: East from 4° 24’, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (MHKA), Antwerp, Belgium

Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, UAE

Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, the Chicago Cultural Center, IL, USA


21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery,Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia Mother, Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria

Tarjama/Translation, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, El Cubo-Tijuana Cultural Center,Tijuana, Mexico

the Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico


WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF : Almaty / Kazakhstan : Projected Visions – Kazakhstan : 09 December 2014 Almaty / Kazakhstan : Life is a legend : 6 december 2014 -8 march 2015