05.11.2021 – 15.01.2022
screening Lindenstrasse 35 Berlin,
daily 3:30 pm – 8 pm

Almagul Menlibayeva
Transoxiana Dreams, 2011, 23:00 min

Transoxiana Dreams is a mythological narrative placed and staged in the vast landscape of Menlibayeva’s native Kazakhstan. She leads her audience to the brutally changed region of the Aral Sea where its indigenous people live in the Aralkum, the desert of a once thriving region now entirely devoid of water due to the radical Soviet irrigation politics. Abandoned by commercial and cultural interests, today, the region of Transoxiana in southwestern Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan lies bare and stripped in a surreal state of existence.Transoxiana Dreams illustrates these dramatic environmental changes as seen through the eyes of a fisherman’s young daughter. One day, her father leaves to look for the lake and new fishing grounds. On his way through the desert he meets bizarre creatures, half horse, half human: a tribute to the nomadic past of his people.
Menlibayeva, a pictorial sorceress herself, breeds an eccentric storyline and fantastical imagery extracted deeply from her own atavistic repertoire, and leading visional through an existing, yet unimaginable landscape in a distant and hypnagogic world.

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Almagul Menlibayeva © 2011, All rights reserved. Courtesy of American-Eurasian AA

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