"Thermonuclear Skin" is a textile inspired by the video installation "Tokamak,"
which was showcased at the Grand Palais Salon de Honour in Paris in 2016.
This textile symbolizes protection from the intense radiation of the "Artificial
Sun," a concept that came to me during my visit to the Tokamak KTM capsule
in Kurchatov, North Kazakhstan.
alternative energy and generates temperatures exceeding those found on
the Sun. The specialized alloy used in the construction of the Tokamak capsule
inspired the concept of "Thermonuclear Skin." In 2013, I created the video
installation "Kurchatov 22," which sheds light on the history of the former
Soviet nuclear test site.
LIVIA MONNET.Toxic Emmanence. Nuclear Aesthetics: Contemporary Art, Nuclear Colonialism, and the Transformation of Life and the Environment. Chapter: The Immanation-Image: Immanent Experience and Kazakhstan’s Socialist and Postsocialist Modernity in Almagul Menlibayeva’s Video Installation Transformation(2016). 2022, editor Livia Monnet, 2022, McGill-Queen’s University Press;
Thermonuclear Skin, 2022
220 x 160 cm
Medium: Postdigital print on fabric and Hand sewing work. Unique Peace.
Textile Map on Site-Specific Video Installation TOKAMAK