Artwork Details

  • Artist Bahar Behbahani and Almagul Menlibayeva
  • Title Ride the Caspian
  • Date 2011
  • Medium 2-channel video installation, HD colour, surround sound, wall-mounted digital photographs
  • Credit Co-produced by Sharjah Art Foundation
Ride the Caspian Image


Almagul Menlibayeva and Bahar Behbahani explore the dialogue between two ancient cultures that border the Caspian Sea on the crossroads of the Middle East and Central Asia. Their collaborative video probes the relationship between the nomadic pagan traditions of the Turkic/Kazakh tribes apparent in the industrialized Post-Soviet environment of Kazakhstan, and the Persian traditions of Iran’s longstanding agricultural and urbanised civilisation.


Ride the Caspian

Menlibayeva, Almagul

Almagul Menlibayeva is a contemporary artist and photographer who works simultaneously in painting, graphic art, performances, installations and videos.

Ride the Caspian

Behbahani, Bahar

Multidisciplinary artist Bahar Behbahani's works address her long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and loss.