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."

Apr. 14-Sept. 17. 2023, 
New Vision, 2nd edition of the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter for Photography and New Media, Oslo, Norway

​​01.05.-02.09. 2024

Almagul Menlibayeva: My Silk Road To You and Nomadized Suprematism, curated by Marianne Fenton and Dr. Sascha Priewe. Presented as part of the CONTACT Photography Festival, the two-part exhibition highlights Menlibayeva's series My Silk Road to You, an outdoor installation in the Aga Khan Park, and Nomadized Suprematism, on display in the Museum's Lower-Level Tunnel. in the Lower-Level Gallery and Aga Khan Park, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada;

11.01-17.03.2024 𝐈’𝐝 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐂𝐲𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐚 𝐆𝐨𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐤𝐨𝐧 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐞, PCAI Art Collection, curated by Kika Kyriakakou, Athens, Greece;

​8.03-5.04.2024 The Fog of War International Art Exhibition Curated by Alfons Hug. Presented by Goethe Center Baku in cooperation with Tswetaeva Center, University of Freiburg, Germany;

09.12.2023 -30.04.2024 

Thailand Biennale, Chiang Rai 2023: The Open World;

Dietmar Seitz: Das Kasachstan-Projekt / Almagul Menlibayeva: Transoxiana Dreams, Freiburg University Library Freiburg, Germany;

Altar of the East: Nuclear Testimony, by Zwetajewa Center at the University of Freiburg, Kommunales Kino, Freiburg, Germany;

28.10 - 12.11.2023

Kuzeu Displaced Identity, curated by Olga Veselova, Delphy Space, Freiburg, Germany;

25.10 - 30.11.2023

Montevideo Biennale, curated by Alfons Hug, Montevideo, Uruguay;

​Sept, 21. 2023 - 14.01.2024 
As Though We Hid the Sun in a Sea of Stories. Fragment for a Geopoetics of North of Eurasia, HKW, Berlin, Germany;

Oct. 19-22. 2023 

Asia Now, curated by Slavs&Tatars, Exhibition, 9 Edition, Monnaie de Paris, France;

Sept, 17. 2023
Soloshow Angry Tulips, curated by George Davitashvili, IArt Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia;
Sept, 15-21.10.2023
International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ Docs), Essay section, South Korea;

Jun, 22. 2023
Costume and Collapse. A panel discussion organized by Pickle Bar, Slavs and Tatars, Berlin, Germany;

​Jun, 02-01.07.2023
One Belt. Many Roads. Group project curated by Maren Richter and Kalus Schafler, WUK, Vienna, Austria;​
Apr. 23- Sept 24, 2023
Women Defining Women In Contemporary Art of the Middle East
and Beyond, curated by Linda Komaroff, Resnik Pavilion, LACMA Museum, USA;

Press Kit


7 boundary-pushing artists

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

2024-23 EVENTS & exhibitions

​Art Perspective into Central Asia's Post-Socialist Era

​​photography, video installation,digital MULTIMEDIA

contact: almagul2@gmail.com

To see more works at Photography and LightBox or Video

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..



​​Almagul Menlibayeva