MINI DV, 16:9, BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOUR, SOUND, 12:30 MINUTES, KAZAKHSTAN, NO DIALOGUE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SIEGFRIED / MUSIC: OMFO / CAST: SAYANA, SALTANAT, GULNURKIA, ULJAN AND ALMAGUL DEROVA / PRINTSOURCE/RIGHTS COURTESY: THE ARTIST AND GALERIE DAVIDE GALLO, BERLIN
Menlibayeva’s performance videos see her – and often other females in a group – employing an aesthetic called Romantic Punk Shamanism. Interested in an imagined pre-Soviet, pre-Islamic female realm, Menlibayeva’s works reveal a shamanistic- or Dervish-related freedom of the human body. Works such as Jihad span the cultural vocabularies of Islam, with Menlibayeva covering her body with gorgeous coloured fabrics. In other works landscape becomes a site where the naked body frees itself to explore power, sexuality and ritual.
Contact: Wed 14 Oct 12.30pm (with Jihad + I Never Forget This + Spelling Dystopia) and Sat 31 Oct 2.30pm (with Jihad + I Never Forget This) / Cinema A