Almagul Menlibayevac





Born in Kazakhstan
Lives and works in Germany and Kazakhstan,
collaborates with the sound artist and composer OMFO (German Popov, Amsterdam)



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





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;







Transoxiana Dreams, Videozone, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany; (current Feb. 22. 2015)

Empire of the Memory, Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw, Polland;

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;






Union of the Fire and Water, curated by Suad Garaeva commissioned by Yarat Founadtion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (upcoming May 9- November 22);


Group show of Contemporary Art Kazakhstan, curated by Dimitry Konstantinidis, Daria Evdokimova, Estelle Pietzyk, Museum of Contemporary Art Strasbourg, France (current December 5 - March 2);

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;


Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art and Violence, the Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway;
University of California, San Diego, CA;

Re-imagining, Calvert 22, London, UK;

Unconditional Love, 53rd Venice Biennale, Arsenale Novissimo 89, Venice, Italy;
East from Nowhere, Arsenale II, Turin, Italy;

Tarjarma/Translation, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY,USA;

World on Video – International Video Art, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina,
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy;

Love Love Love, Martos Gallery, New York, NY;

The Peekskill Project, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY;


The Distance to the Sun, Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin, Germany;
 Asia, College of New Jersey Art Gallery, Ewing, NJ;

Time Code, Mambo Museum of Contemporary Art, Bologna, Italy;
​ I Dream of the Stans, curated by Leeza Ahmadi, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY;

Live Cinema/The Return of the Image: Video from Central Asia, curated by Viktor Misiano, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA;

Destination Asia, Galerie 88, curated Valeria Ibraeva, Mumbai, India;

Central Asian Project, in collaboration with Asia Art + Cornerhouse, curated by Yuliya Sorokina, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Bishkek,
Kyrgyzstan; Tashkent, Uzbekistan;

Peristan, performance and screening for the opening of the 52nd Venice Biennale, Central Asian Pavillion, curated by Uyliya Sorokina, Venice, Italy;

Time of the Storytellers, curated by Viktor Misiano, Museum of Contemporary Art - Kiasma, curated by Viktor Misiano, Helsinki, Finland;

Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves, curated by Wonil Rhee, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany;

The Paradox of Polarity: Contemporary Art from Central Asia, curated by Leeza Ahmady, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, NY; Central Asian Project, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK;




Actual Archives: Central Asian Contemporary Art, Rosamira Festival, curated by Viktor Misiano,
organised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Moscow, Russia;

16th Sydney Biennale, performance Caravan Seray, Zones of Contact, curated by Dr. Charles Merewether,
at Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay, Sydney, Australia;

International Biennial of Photography-Brescia, curated by Sarenco, Brescia, Italy;


Art and Conflict in Central Asia, curated by Valeria Ibraeva, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI;

​Polyzentral, art festival of Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany;
Art from Central Asia, curated by Viktor Miziano, Center of Contemporary Art, Zamok Ujazdowskie, Warsaw, Poland; 

The Syndrome of Tamerlan: Art and Conflicts in Central Asia, Haggerty Museum, curated by Valeria Ibraeva,
Enrico Mascelloni and Sarenco, Milwaukee, WI;

On the Road, 51st Venice Biennale, Central Asian Pavilion, Venice, Italy;

26th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Lublyana, Slovenia;
Vom roten Stern zur blauen Kuppel, Islamic World Art and Architecture from Central Asia, Ifa Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany;
​ The Syndrome of Tamerlan: Art and Conflict in Central Asia, Palazzo dei Sette, curated by Valeria Ibraeva,
​Enrico Mascelloni and Sarenco, Orvieto, Italy;

Sacred Places of Kazakhstan, video festival organized by The Center for Contemporary Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan; M and Others, 1st Bishkek International Exhibition of Contemporary Art-Bishkek, State Museum, Kyrgyzstan; Art-Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk, Russia; International Visions, The Gallery, Washington, D.C. USA;
Vom roten Stern zur blauen Kuppel, Islamic World Art and Architecture from Central Asia,Ifa Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Pueblos y Sombras, Canaja Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico;
Natural Women, Visible Voice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

Art-Novosibirsk, Novosibirik, Russia and Almaty Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan;     Caravan Café, Rocca di Umbertide - Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Perugia, Italy;

Catmania,Illuzeum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; State Museum of Modern Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Nomad Land, Art and Culture from Central Asia, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; First Festival of Video Art, Soros Foundation, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Re-orientation: Art on Central Asia, ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany; Fourth Biennial of Graphics, Novosibirsk, Russia;

Inner Asia, traveling exhibition of Graphics of Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Siberia, Tashkent,Uzbekistan; Bishkek,
Kyrgyzstan; Novosibirsk, Russia (2001 – 2003);
​ The Days of the Culture of Kazakhstan in Moscow, Moscow Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia;

International Vision, The Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Communication and Experience of Interaction, Central Asia Festival of Contemporary Art in VDNH, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Handmade, Pushkinskaya 10, Saint Petersberg, Russia; Nomads Culture in the End of the Centuries, State Museum of Modern Art, Almaty, Ka