Gaisha Madanova (1987) was 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).