M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste échte stappen in het digitale landschap. Ons doel is met behulp van nieuwe media de kunstwerken nog beter te kaderen dan we tot nu toe hebben kunnen doen.

We geven momenteel prioriteit aan smartphones en tablets, m.a.w. de in-museum-ervaring. Maar we zijn evenzeer hard aan het werk aan een veelzijdige desktop-versie. Tot het zover is vind je hier deze tussenversie.

M HKA goes digital

Embracing the possibilities of new media, M HKA is making a particular effort to share its knowledge and give art the framework it deserves.

We are currently focusing on the experience in the museum with this application for smartphones and tablets. In the future this will also lead to a versatile desktop version, which is now still in its construction phase.

Forever Umai, 2010

Photography, 96.5 x 127 x 5.5 cm.

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0441_03).

The three images in light boxes The Observer, Forever Umai, and Tengri Boy (2010) are key moments stills, from Kazakhstan-born artist Almagul Menlibayeva’s film Milk of Lambs (2010). In this work, Menlibayeva researches the rebuilding of national identity in Kazakhstan after the fall of the Soviet Union, often referencing religious or mythological scenes and concepts that take their beginning from the Shamanistic traditions of Kazakh nomads. 
A young woman covering her eyes with dead foxes impersonates a contemporary portrait of a Kazakh woman. In Forever Umai, one can see the goddess of fertility and virginity Umai with a man who lies at her feet hugging a sheep. It’s unclear if both of them — the sheep and the man — are dead or alive. In the third still, Tengri Boy, the artist places a modern impersonation of the god of creation Tengri, who repeats the gesture of holding a sheep — a symbol for the protection of his own culture. In the images, gods are young, as the nation after the rebirth. 
People stand strong in the endless land, it is the people who determine what is the centre of the world, the centre of society. 
Menlibayeva researches the question of national identity as a counter-colonial practice which was and remains relevant in Ukrainian history nowadays. In these works, the artist shows connections between the body and the native landscape of the Steppe, in Kazakhstan, to help people see the resemblance and build stronger connections with the native land. 

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Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: LATT: Europe at Large #6 Rustam Khalfin & Almagul Menlibayeva. M HKA, Antwerpen, 16 July 2010 - 29 August 2010.

> Exhibition: Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp. National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), Athens, 31 October 2016 - 05 February 2017.

> Exhibition: When Faith Moves Mountains. PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, 17 July 2022 - 09 October 2022.

> Exhibition: Worth Fighting For. Oskar Jager Strasse 97-99, Keulen, 14 November 2022 - 14 December 2022.

> Exhibition: The collection XXVII – East of 4°24'. M HKA, Antwerp, 03 March 2011 - 21 August 2011.

> Ensemble: EUROPE AT LARGE.

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> Ensemble: The Space of Grounded Imagination.

> Ensemble: CENTRAL ASIA.

> Ensemble: Worth Fighting For.

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> Ensemble: Landscape.

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>Almagul Menlibayeva, Steppen Police, 2010.Photography, cibachrome, 127 x 183 x 8.5 cm.