Milk for Lambs, 2010
High Definition Digital Video
Black & white and color
Directing, camera and editing Almagul Menlibayeva
© Almagul Menlibayeva 2010
Courtesy of Priska C. Juschka Fine Art
Almagul Menlibayeva stages and films complex mythological narratives in the Steppes of her native Kazakhstan, with references to her own nomadic heritage and the Shamanistic traditions of the cultures of Central Asia.
Her video, Milk for Lambs, explores the emotional, spiritual and cultural residues of an ancient belief system, still resonating among the peoples of Central Asia today – the Tengriism (sky religion) of the Turkic tribes, reaching from Eurasia to the Pacific Ocean.
The mythological nurturing Earth Goddess Umai and favorite wife of Tengri, the god of the sky, symbolizes the close relationship of the people to the land and its given riches, by animals and humans feeding off her body and drinking her milk. The female descendants of Umai invoke and continue a precarious symbiosis today- between the nurturing child- mothers and their insatiable, adolescent men.