Sponsored by the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College

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​ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA

Almagul Menlibayeva, contemporary video artist and photographer, was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and lives and works in Kazakhstan and Berlin, holds an MFA from the Art & Theatre University of Almaty.

She has gained international recognition by participating in the 15th, 18 th Sydney Biennale; 51st, 52nd, 53 th and 56th Venice Biennale; the Sharjah Biennial 10; the 4th and 6th Moscow Biennale; the1st Kiev Biennial, Ukraine; the 15th and 18th Sydney Biennale 2012, Australia; 2nd Mediterranean Biennale, Sachnin, Israel; Daegu Photo Biennale 2016.

"My educational background is in the Soviet Russian avant-garde school of Futurism, which I combine with a nomadic aesthetic of post-Soviet, contemporary Kazakhstan – something that I have been exploring in recent years through my photographic and video work.

I use specific ways of expression in modern and contemporary art as a vehicle to

investigate my personal archaic atavism as a certain mystical anthropomorphism.

In other words, I explore the nature of a specific Egregore, a shared cultural psychic experience, which manifests itself as a specific thought-form among the people(s) of the ancient, arid and dusty Steppes between the Caspian Sea, Baikonur and Altai in today’s Kazakhstan."

THEME

Unsettling: Reexaminations of Home

As divisive US government policies increasingly emphasize the legal definitions of residency, citizenship, and origin, the concept of Home undergoes complex reframing. Unsettling: Reexaminations of Home will explore topics related to the shifting, at times contradictory definitions of home: as a place of origin defined by borders and familial or cultural lineage; as spaces of safety and belonging that move with people as they migrate or face displacement due to political, personal, or natural circumstances; and as non-places located in community interactions rather than specific sites.

LOCATION

EMERSON COLLEGE

Established in 1880 as a small, regional school of oratory, Emerson has evolved into a diverse, coeducational, and multifaceted degree-granting institution with a liberal arts rather than conservatory orientation. But its mission and focus remains largely the same as it was in 1880: to explore and push the boundaries of communication, art, and culture and, thereby, to contribute to the advancement of society.

For a second year in a row the NEGMS will take place at the Robert J. Orchard Theater. Paramount Center.

559 Washington Street.

Boston, MA 02111.