Menlibayeva, Almagul b.1969 / Milk for Lambs
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The people of the Kazakhstan steppe live suspended between modern times and their local traditions. Almagul Menlibayeva accompanies the Kazakhstanis during the festivities in honor of Tengri, the god of heaven, and his wife Umai, the goddess of fertile ground. With alternating pictures in black and white and in colour, of the past and of the present, Menlibayeva tells us about the rituals that accompany the festivities and that illustrate the eternal cycle of nature - birth, life and death. At the forefront of the image are the women who seem to coax fertility from the barren steppe by wearing colorful dresses, laying on rich meals and using their female bodily attributes in order to feed their children and their men.

Menlibayeva, a representative of post-Soviet contemporary art in Central Asia, re-discovers in her pictures and performances the customs and traditions of her native country. At the center of attention of her work are the Kazakhstani women and their identity. Until recently, Central Asia was predominantly communist and the ideal of the strong and disciplined female worker was used by communist politics to exploit women. In line with the rest of society, since the end of communism the image of women has too undergone a transformation. In her pictures, Menlibayeva re-tells the search for a personal path through tradition and the modern world.

“When I look at the Steppe, it reminds me of my body, dry and in some places hairy....When I look at the round yurts and tables, they remind me of my breasts.”

(lyrics, Milk for Lambs, Menlibayeva).

Almagul Menlibayeva (b.1969, Kazakhstan)

Milk for Lambs, 2010

High definition video single channel DVD
Edition: 3/5
Variable - video work:
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Provenance:
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art Gallery, New York NY Current Location:
Switzerland - Basel - S VideoEastern Europe

exhibitions

International Film Festival Rotterdam
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
January 2014 - February 2014

Les Rencontres Internationales
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
November 2012

Videonale 13 on Tour
NTMoFA - National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung City, Taiwan
December 2011 - February 2012

15th International Short Film Festival Winterthur
Winterthur, Switzerland
November 2011

Festival International Signes de Nuit
Paris, France
October 2011

Videonale 13 on Tour
Film and Video Space at GoMA, Glasgow Gallery of Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK
August 2011 - November 2011

22nd Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
Sao Paulo, Brazil
August 2011 - September 2011

19th Curtas Vila do Conde
Vila do Conde, Portugal
July 2011

Expanded Cinema
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
June 2011 - July 2011

Videoakt International Videoart Biennial
Barcelona, Spain
May 2011

Video Re:View Festival (Videonale 13 on Tour)
Katowice, Poland
May 2011 - June 2011

Videonale 13
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
April 2011 - May 2011

Expecting the Images - Carte Blanche to the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid
Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
February 2011

Les Rencontres Internationales
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
November 2010 - December 2010

Les Rencontres Internationales
Spanish Cinematheque, Madrid, Spain
November 2010 - January 2011

International Film Festival Rotterdam
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
November 2010

Shoot the Shooter
SANFIC, Santiago International Film Festival, Santiago, Chile
August 2010 - October 2010

Mother
Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria
June 2010

Daughters of Turan
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY
April 2010 - May 2010

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