photography, video installation,digital art


Almagul  Menlibayeva


American-Eurasian art advisors Llc.

Artist statement

My educational background is in the Soviet Russian avant-garde school of Futurism,

which I combine with a nomadic aesthetic of post-Soviet, contemporary Kazakhstan –

something that I have been exploring in recent years through my photographic and

video work.

I use specific ways of expression in modern and contemporary art as a vehicle to

investigate my personal archaic atavism as a certain mystical anthropomorphism.

In other words, I explore the nature of a specific Egregore, a shared cultural psychic

experience, which manifests itself as a specific thought-form among the people(s) of

the ancient, arid and dusty Steppes between the Caspian Sea, Baikonur and Altai in

today’s Kazakhstan. In the Russian language, Archaic Atavism is personalized as a

being, which points to and creates a different meaning. We are not just speaking about

an idea or archaic element in the collective subconscious of a people, but about the

embodiment of our archaic atavism which becomes an active entity, just like a creature

itself. Our archaic atavism is not just internalized, but also externalized. It is as if he

has been awakened by the post-Soviet experience of the indigenous Kazakh people,

who are becoming their own after 80 years of Soviet domination and cultural genocide.

Suddenly he (Archaic Atavism) became interested in enculturation and in behavioral

modernity. He also began to have entertaining dialogues with the transnational

circulation of ideas in contemporary art. For this dialogue, I have chosen the medium

of video and photography and like to work with the notion of memory and reality. My

archaic atavism is interested in my video explorations in the Steppes and in post-

Soviet Asia. By editing raw data and combining documentary and staged footage, I

become his voice, enabling a cultural exodus from long oblivion. My work raises

metaphysical questions such as Who am I? and Where shall I go?; this (psychic)

experience and perspective marks my artistic language.