Gaisha Madanova

Gaisha Madanova (1987) born in Alma-Ata, Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, at the moment located in Munich, Germany. In 2009, she graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Almaty College of Construction and Management. From 2012-18 she studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts under the mentorship of Prof. Hermann Pitz (Sculpture, Diploma) and participated from 2016-18 in the project class led by Prof. Julian Rosefeldt (Digital and Time-based Media).

Her artistic practice involves different media and techniques (printmaking, objects, digital media, installations). Topics like watching and being watched, the body as an expression of the inner self or the strategies of transformations and displacement can be seen as links through the different series of her works. Since 2007 Gaisha Madanova is a founding member of the international art collective Artpologist. Since 2012 she curated different projects inside and outside Kazakhstan (VIDEO[ARTiFACT]; DIYALOG: New Energies, VIENNAFAIR; mikro[smART]raiony, ARTBATFEST; Internal Storage - Not Enough Space? Garage Museum of Contemporary Art). Since 2016 she is co-founder of Kazakhstan based platform ARTCOM. Gaisha Madanova founded first in Kazakhstan conceptual art magazine ALUAN - EXHIBITION ON PAPER (issue #1 Art Upside Down, 2015).


Notable group exhibitions where her works have been shown include DIE GRENZE (2019-17), Eurasian Utopia: Post Scriptum (Suwon, 2018), BREAD&ROSES: Four Generations of Kazakh Women (Berlin, 2018), Postnomadic Mind (London, 2018), SUNS AND NEONS ABOVE KAZAKHSTAN (Baku, 2017), BALAGAN!!! Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places (Berlin, 2015), A TIME FOR DREAMS - 4th Moscow International Biennale For Young Art (Moscow, 2014), ONE STEP/PE FORWARD (Venice, 2013).




Zeit des Aufbruchs

Eine Treppe, die ins Nichts führt. Daneben eine Metallleiter und am Boden eine liegende Figur, die wie ein Schwimmer oder Turmspringer aussieht. Eine Aufforderung, den Absprung zu wagen? Und sich freizuschwimmen von dem, was das Leben die letzten Jahre geprägt hat?

Süddeutsche Zeitung6. Februar 2018



Gaisha Madanova's graduate work is an installation of several objects of completely different origin and status - dominated by the model of architecture or its staircase fragment and by the image of the human silhouette with the outstretched hands is on the ground.,  2018


Under a Dark Cloud of Controversy and Confusion, Kazakhstan Cancels Its Inaugural Venice Biennale Pavilion on Facebook

What was supposed to be a bright start for Kazakhstan at the Venice Biennale has collapsed into a state of disappointment and confusion, as the nation has canceled plans for its first-ever Biennale pavilion just two months before the world’s most prestigious art event is set to open and one month before installation was to begin.

artnet Magazine, March 28, 2019


Aluan is Kazakhstan's First Art Magazine

In Kazakhstan contemporary art is still a relatively new phenomenon, yet its cultural community has been eagerly waiting for a publication dedicated to its art. This is where Aluan came in - the former Soviet republic's first art magazine. Published in three languages, the magazine's first issue pays tribute to the country's art history while working as a gallery on paper showcasing its flourishing art scene. 

Sleek, 16 March, 2016


Gaisha Madanova

Gaisha is an independent artist, curator, and art critic from Almaty, Kazakhstan. She curated Video[ARTiFACT], 2012 – an educational project for young artists in contemporary art with Prof. Klaus vom Bruch. Personal exhibitions: 2012: Documentation of Space, Hamburg University, Germany; Documentation of Space; Alliance Française d’Almaty, (French Alliance Almaty), Kazakhstan. 2009: Instinct of the present, Goethe – Institute Almaty, Kazakhstan .

viennacontemporarymag17. October 2013