New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

Almagul Menlibayeva
Daughters of Turan
Lew Schwartz
Almagul Menlibayeva, Madonna of the Great Steppes, 2010

It's too bad that we live in such politically correct times. The affirmative rhetoric of culture, gender, history and identity which permeates gallery copy describing Almagul Menlibayeva's "Daughters of Turan," gives an insufficient context in which to appreciate these images. These videos, lambda prints and transparencies exude the artist's sexy, fresh, and girlish sensibility.

Menlibayeva has created a personal mythology which borrows heavily from her Kazakh background, but which does not hesitate to create abundant new symbols to suit her whimsy. The result is a delightful, dense medley of cultural history and emerging womanhood. Find elements of authentic heritage, notes of Lewis Carol, Joel Peter Witkin, Francesca Woodman, breasts and hats and you'll be vibing with these light hearted and unpretentious photos.

Almagul Menlibayeva
Daughters of Turan


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