ArteEast in conjunction with ARTonAIR and Priska C. Juschka Fine Art present:
Daughters of Turan
Artist Almagul Menlibayeva in conversation with Independent Curator Leeza Ahmady and Gallerist Priska C. Juschka
Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Please join the gallery for a recorded event in conjunction with our current exhibition:
Daughters of Turan
April 8 – May 15, 2010
In the steppes of her native Kazakhstan, Almagul Menlibayeva stages and films complex mythological narratives, with reference to her own nomadic heritage and the Shamanistic traditions of the cultures of Central Asia.
Daughters of Turan explores the emotional and spiritual residues of an ancient belief system as well as a historic conflict, still resonating among the peoples of Central Asia today, between the Zoroastrian ideology of former Persia, spreading widely across Eurasia and influencing Western politicians and philosophers and the Tengriism (sky religion) of the Turkic tribes, reaching as far as the Pacific Ocean.
In Menlibayeva’s video, Milk for Lambs, the female descendants of the mythological Earth Goddess Umai invoke and continue a precarious symbiosis today- between the nurturing child- mothers and their insatiable, adolescent men. Similarly reflective, her video Butterflies of Aisha Bibi, recounts an ancient love story of the Sufi poet’s daughter Aisha Bibi and Karakhan, the Central Asian version of Romeo and Juliet, visually transforming it into a modern day drama of unfulfilled longing, unconditional love and its underlying gender discourse.
ArteEast, Across Histories: Artist Talk Series
Across Histories is a free monthly series centered on developing an ongoing critical discussion of artistic practices in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and their diasporas.
ARTonAIR.org, Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art
AIR, Art International Radio, is a non-profit Internet radio station, free online cultural archive, and media arts center. Producing over 500 new radio shows annually, AIR features a diverse range of programming from audio art to interviews and from music to spoken word and radio theater.
Space may be limited.
For information on Almagul Menlibayeva’s exhibition, please contact the gallery.