photography, video installation,digital art


Almagul  Menlibayeva


American-Eurasian art advisors Llc.

 Apr. 26 - May 12023

69th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany;

​Artificial Intelligence, current political issues and films between cinema and museum.

"Artificial intelligence as a tool
Artificial intelligence has arrived in short film. The Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibayeva, for example, uses artificial intelligence in AI Realism. Qantar 2022 to illustrate statements by people who were persecuted and mistreated during the 2022 protests in Kazakhstan."

2023 EVENTS & exhibitions


Manga-Masken im Krieg. POLITISCHE KUNST IN KASACHSTAN, VON KERSTIN HOLM, ALMATY, The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung- German daily newspaper;

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At Sharjah Biennial 15, Menlibayeva presents The Tongue and Hunger. Stalin’s Silk Road (2022–2023),

a multimedia installation that tells the story of the artist’s family during the Kazakh Famine of the early 1930s, in which roughly one third of the Kazakh population perished as a result of collectivisation and forced sedentarisation. Its centerpiece is a film inspired by her great-aunt Bopish, who integrated herself into the Soviet Union’s social system amid widespread deprivation and the disappearance of her two children. The film alongside a research book and a post-digital textile contribute both academic and personal narratives on the use of engineered famine and forced labour to deplete the region’s natural resources and end the Kazakh nomadic way of life, all of which fuelled the USSR’s economic growth. Also on view is Archipelago Karlag (2016), a film that interweaves interviews with former labour camp prisoners from Kazakhstan’s capital city of Karaganda with scenes of a fictionalised Joseph Stalin receiving a guided tour through the Museum of Victims of Political Repression. Throughout

the film, Menlibayeva explores the exploitation

of unethical labour by totalitarian regimes to buttress the economy, drawing parallels between the centrality of the Gulag system to Soviet growth and the apparel industry under global capitalism..