Almagul Menlibayeva studied at the Academy of Art and Theatre in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Her work has been the subject of numerous international solo and group exhibitions, such as the Sydney Biennial of Contemporary Art and the Venice Biennale. In her work, Menlibayeva combines an interest in regional traditions with a critique of official identity politics. She bases this criticism on the idea of nomadic pastoralism, the traditional way of life that distinguishes the history and culture of the Central Asian peoples. Most of her works are built on encounters and shifts of images that refer to an array of ethnic, historical and cultural layers of meaning, where the single-dimensional and rational meets the festive, orgiastic and poetic. Her narrative videos and accompanying photographs thus offer a romantic and melancholic reflection on the non-synchronicity of her home country’s development. “In my video performances I employ the language of so-called Romantic Punk Shamanism to express my vision and understanding of the surrounding world. Romantic Punk Shamanism is a bearer of an animistic philosophy born in the depth of my culture’s heart that wants to impart its legacy to the globalized technological society.”
Almagul Menlibayeva is present in the central pavilion with an image of the factual centre of Eurasia, which is in Kazakhstan. She also presents a series of her video’s, one being a world premiere, 'Green, Yellow, Red and Green Again', a title that is a variation of ‘Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring again' by the South Korean director Kim Ku Duk.
In Menlibayeva's film groups of people in different cities and countries are waiting at crossroads, guided by the traffic lights. The combination of those becomes a rhythm that combines all of Eurasia into one language of colours, linking Almaty with Brussels or Berlin. Menlibayeva will develop new work during the ten days of Moscow, based upon the registration of conversations she will have with visitors.
Credits (c)photo: Almagul Menlybaeva