Almagul Menlibayeva

Almaty and Berlin

Born in Almaty, 1969. Lives and works in Almaty and Berlin.


Almagul Menlibayeva is a contemporary artist and curator, born in 1969 in Almaty. She primarily works with multi-channel video, photography, and multimedia installations. Menlibayeva splits her time between Almaty and Berlin and has exhibited her works internationally in various biennials and triennials, including the Sharjah Biennale, the Guangzhou Triennial, the Oslo New Vision International Triennale, the Asian Pacific Triennial, the Sydney Biennale, the Venice Biennale, the Lahore Biennale, the Gangwon International Biennale, and the Mediterranean Biennale.


One of her recent works, presented at the Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present, conceived by the late Okwui Enwezor and curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, UAE, deals with the historical tragedy of the Kazakh famine (1931-33) and its consequences for the Eurasian nomadic cultures of post-Soviet Central Asia. She won the Main Prize of Munich’s Kino der Kunst International Film Festival in 2013 and was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2017.