25.04. - 15.06.
screening at Lindenstrasse 35 Berlin,
daily, 8 – 10 pm

Almagul Menlibayeva

Almagul Menlibayeva

Born in 1969, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Video artist and photographer Almagul Menlibayeva holds an MFA from the Art and Theatre University of Almaty. She works primarily in multi-channel video, photography and mixed media installation and her work addresses such critical issues of post- Soviet modernity as social, economic, and political transformations in Central Asia, de- colonial re-imaginings of gender, environmental degradation like Aral Sea and Soviet Nuclear Test Field in the North of Kazakhstan, and Eurasian nomadic and indigenous cosmologies and mythologies. Menlibayeva has gained international recognition by participating in international art exhibitions like Venice Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, Sydney Biennale,  the Moscow Biennale, Mediterranean Biennale, Lahore Biennale and others. In conjunction  with  her  solo  exhibition  Transformation at  the Grand Palais in Paris (2016/17), she was awarded the prestigious Chevalier Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 2017.


1987-92    Master of Fine Arts, Academy of Art and Theatre, Almaty, KZ
1986-87    Student of Painting Studio run by Sergei Maslov at Pioneer`s Palace, Almaty, KZ
1986-87    Painting Studio run by Sergei Borovikov at Pioneer`s Palace, Almaty, KZ
1985-86    Student of Kazakh painter Gani Bayanov, Almaty, KZ


Transoxiana Dreams, De. Groen Fine Art Collection, Arnhem, NL
GENIUS LOCI of Central Asia, Solo Show, Andakulova Gallery, Dubai, UAE

#98 Almagul Menlibayeva, Videoart at Midnight, Cinema Babylon, Berlin, DE
Green, Yellow, Red, and Green again, TSE Art Destination, Astana, KZ

Transformation, Grand Palais, Paris, FR

Transoxiana Dreams, Videozone, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, DE

Empire of the Memory, Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw, PL
An Ode to the Wastelands and Gulags, Kunstraum Innsbruck, AT

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

Exodus, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, DE
Les reves perdus d'Aral, Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris, FR
Transoxiana Dreams, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, USA
My Silk Road to you, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, KZ

Lonely at the Top, Europe at large #6 (Refrains from the Wasteland), M HKA, Antwerp, BE
Daughters of Turan, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, USA

Exodus, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, KZ
Kurban, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, USA

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

On the Road, Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin, DE



Interlocutors APT10 (The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, AU
Once upon a time and Now!, School of Arts, University of Kent, UK
The Sovereign Asian Art Prize Shortlist, Hong Kong, HK
Museum für Gegnenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland and Yarat Art Foundation, Baku, AZ
Lahore Biennial 02, between sun and moon, curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, PK


Channels Festival, International Biennial of Video Art, Melbourne, AU
Water (Proof), Berlin Food Art Week 2019, Momentum World Wide, Kunstquatier Bethanien, Berlin, DE

Art Residency at RMIT University, Melbourne, AU

Border Agency Luquid Landscapes: what if the ground under your feet can't be trusted? Kunstfort, Vijfhuizen, NL

This Land is Your Land, curated by Maren Richter, Valletta Contemporary, Valletta, MT

Uly Dala Hikayalary, group show, exhibition complex Аtameken, Taldykorgan, KZ

Eyes East Bound, Cairo Biennial, Cairo, EG

SACRÉES FEMMES, the group show at Galerie BELEM/ Benamou-Lagié-Maxé, Paris, FR


10 Year 100 Artist 100 Films, Videoart at Midnight Festival, cinema Babylon, Berlin, DE

Inverted World, Neues Museum, Nurnberg, DE

CI, Curated by Nigora Ahkmedova Contemporary Istanbul, Natalia Andakulova Gallery (Dubai), Istanbul, TR

V.I.E (Video Image Evolution), Albert Benamou Gallery in collaboration with Galerie W, Paris, FR 


The Time in Astana After Future, Astana State Museum, KZ

Archipelago KAGLAG, in conjunction with Nurlan Dulatbekov, Museum Modern Art, Karaganda, KZ
When The Sea LOOKS BACK, A Serpent’s Tale/ TheMany Headed Hyndra# 2, Berlin, DE
When the Sea Looks Back, A Serpent`s Tale/ the Many headed Hyndra#2, Nida Art Colony, LV

The Collection, Permanent Collection Exhibition of the International and Belgium artists at MHKA, Antwerpen, BE


Urgent Conversation: Athens-Antwerp, EMST/M HKA, Athens, GR/Antwerpen, BE

A New Language, Root 1066 Contemporary Arts Festival, Observer Building Gallery, Hastings, UK

Daegu Photo Biennale 2016, Daegu Metropolitan City, KR
Do you know Kazakhstan, Wild Project Gallery, IADA (International Art Development), LU

Elective Affinities, National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Moscow, RU
Union of the Fire and Water, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT
Fairy Tales, Utopian Days, Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, TW


Life as a Legend, a group show of Contemporary Art Kazakhstan, Museum of Contemporary Art Strasbourg, FR
Prologue Exhibition of Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii, USA
Threads, Museum of Contemporary Art Arnhem, NL


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

Screening of "Transoxiana Dreams” at MoMA PS1 as part of EXPO 1: New York, USA

KINO DER KUNST, International film festival, Munich, DE


2020     IFA Institute für Auslandsbeziehungen, DE

2019     Trust Mutual Understanding, USA

2017     Awarded by French Minister of Culture The Chevalier Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, FR 

2013     Main Award in KINO DER KUNST in the International Film Competition, Munich, DE 

2011     KfW Audience Award, Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, DE
2011     Open Society Institute Budapest, Art and Culture Network Program Grant

2010     Prize de la Nuit for the film Exodus, 8th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, FR

2009     1st Prize at the Golden Drum International Video Festival, Hanti-Mansiisk, RU

2003     Sacred Places of Kazakhstan, 3rd Prize, Center of Contemporary Art, Soros Foundation, KZ

2002     First Video Festival, 2nd Prize, Center of Contemporary Art, Soros Foundation, KZ
2002     TARLAN, Клуб меценатов Казахстана, an independent prize of Kazakhstan
1995     ASIA ART Grand Prix, Second Biennial of Central Asia, Tashkent, UZ
1995     DARIN, the state Grand Prix for artists, KZ