The exhibitions Urgent Conversations: Athens–Antwerp and Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens are a collaboration between EMST and M HKA, a theoretical and visual dialogue, based on works from the collections of both museums, which includes more than 70 works structured in 22 topics.   

28.04.2017 - 07.01.2018        

M HKA, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen - Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen

EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art - Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str., Athens 11743

The Space of Grounded Imagination

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Portrait of my Daughter I, 2010-2010
Photography , 80.2 x 53.5 x 2.3 cm
lambda print, alu di-bond

Part of Menlibayeva's Small Brave Girls series, which shows children living in the periphery of post-soviet Kazakhstan, in a remote village that has not escaped the changes of the soviet and postsoviet eras. The children are surrounded by corpses - corpses of the animals they live with, live from, and consume. They grow up alongside death, and learn to accept it as part of life. Their faces betray a wisdom unknown to city dwellers, who live in separation from nature and from the presence of death. Here, Menlibayeva offers insight in the developments of modern Kazakhstan, the every day life of its people, and the upbringing of its next generation.