Menlibayeva, Almagul b.1969 / Transoxiana Dreams
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Menlibayeva, Almagul b.1969 / Transoxiana DreamsMenlibayeva, Almagul b.1969 / Transoxiana Dreams
about this work
'Transoxiana Dreams' addresses the social, economical and ecological situation of the locally called Aralkum generation; the peoples living in the vast region of the rapidly receding Aral Sea due to the radical irrigation policies of the Soviet Union in the 1960’s, between Soviet Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and southwestern Kazakhstan.

Almagul Menlibayeva's work portrays the impact on the inhabitants of a formerly thriving area with tourism, beaches and fishing fleets, now living upon a constantly growing salt desert in a desolate landscape. On his way through the desert a fisherman meets bizarre creatures: half horse, half human - a tribute to the nomadic past of his people. Through the eyes of the fisherman’s daughter in a dreamlike mélange of documentary and fantasy, Menlibayeva depicts their struggle to survive in the 21st Century.

In April 2013, 'Transoxiana Dreams' won the main award at the Berlin 'Kino Der Kunst', the first event of its kind worldwide to present films by visual artists who take cinema beyond its traditional boundaries and explore new narrative forms. 

Almagul Menlibayeva (b.1969, Kazakhstan)

Transoxiana Dreams, 2010

High definition video single channel DVD
Edition: 3/5

Priska C. Juschka Fine Art Gallery, New York, USA Current Location:
Switzerland - Basel - S VideoEastern Europe


Videozone: Almagul Menlibayeva
Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen, Germany
November 2014 - February 2015

ICA Gallery, Singapore
October 2013 - December 2013

"Kino Der Kunst" Festival
Munich, Germany
April 2013

East is West: Three Women Artists
Lasalle College of Arts (ICA Singapore), Singapore
January 2012 - February 2012

One Sixth of the Earth: Ecologies of Image
MUSAC, Leon, Spain
January 2012 - March 2012

Les rêves perdus d'Aral
Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris, France
October 2011 - November 2011

Between Heaven and Earth
4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
September 2011 - October 2011

Between Heaven and Earth
Calvert 22, London, UK
September 2011 - November 2011

Transoxiana Dreams
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, USA
March 2011 - May 2011

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