Almagul Menlibayeva | the artist
Born 1969, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Lives and works in Almaty and Berlin, .
Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.
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.
The notion of female identity is fundamental to Menlibayeva’s work which consists of graphics, painting, performance and video art. She draws from the traditions of her Kazakh culture, including shamanism, the Sufi religion and animism - the belief that natural objects have souls. She knowingly unites these traditions with the ‘traditions’ and vocabulary’ of Western art, creating a harmony between often conflicting cultures.