Born in 1969, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Lives and works in Germany and in Kazakhstan.




1987 –1992   Academy of Art and Theatre, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Awards and Grants

2017   Awarded by French Minister of Culture The Chevalier Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) 

2013    Main Award, KINO DER KUNST in the International Film Competition, Munich, Germany;

2011    KfW Audience Award, Videonale 13, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany;

           Open Society Institute Budapest, Art and Culture Network Program Grant;

2010    Prize de la Nuit Award for Exodus at the 8th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris;

2009    Gold Tambourine Prize: Video Art, 1st Prize, Golden Drum International Video Festival,  Hanti-Mansiisk, Russia;

?2003   Sacred Places of Kazakhstan, 3rd Prize, Center of Contemporary Art, Soros Foundation, Kazakhstan;

2002   First Video Festival, 2nd Prize, Center of Contemporary Art, Soros Foundation, Kazakhstan;

          TARLAN, ???? ????????? ??????????, an independent prize of Kazakhstan;

1995   Asia Art, Grand Prix, Second Biennial of Central Asia, Tashkent, Uzbekistan;


DARIN, the state Grand Prix for artists, Kazakhstan;??


Almagul Menlibayeva was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan and lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin and holds an MFA from the Art and Theatre University of Almaty. Menlibayeva works thematically with the history and present day reality of a new post soviet Kazakhstan and Central Asia (since 1990) and the fate of its indigenous people through their lens of the human condition and with a focus on spirituality, gender and ecology. 


She has gained international recognition by participating in: the 8th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, Prize de la Nuit Award; Les Recontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Jeu de Paume National Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin, Reina Sofia National Museum and Spanish Cinematheque, Madrid; Galerie Albert Benamou, Foundation Louis Vitton Paris, special project, in Almaty, Kazakhstan; the 15th, 16th and 18th Sydney Biennale; 51st, 52nd and 53rd, 55th and 56th Venice Biennale (Special Project commissioned by the Yarat Art Foundation, Baku) and many more.