Current context of Azerbaijan contemporary art


From 23 June 2014


Current context of Azerbaijan contemporary artCurrent context of Azerbaijan contemporary art



June 23, Monday, 07:00 p.m.
Nailya Allakhverdieva

This lecture is dedicated to a new creative generation that is actively developing the Azerbaijan art scene, the first generation of artists to grow up in the post-Soviet era. Their work is not about a search for national identity, the theme that had entirely absorbed the previous generation. Instead, these young artists from Baku are ironically distancing themselves from everything that appears as a "national character," or "national culture," focusing on the interests of their everyday lives such as personal identity, personal history, and intimacy.

As part of the lecture Nailya Allakhverdieva will present the works of Emin Azizbeyli, Tahmina Ali, Farhad Farzaliev, Lala Gasim, Sitara Ibragimova, Samira Salakhov, Zamir Suleimanova, Elturan Mamedov, Fidan Seydova, Agil Abdullayev, and Nasrin Mamedova, which can currently be seen at the exhibition "Astar" at MMOMA on Ermolaevsky,  part of the IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.

Nailya Allakhverdieva is the director of the Public Art Program at the Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (PERMM) and a leading expert on the integration of contemporary art into the urban environment and public space. In addition to public art projects, she occasionally curates exhibitions and design projects for large-scale cultural events. Some of her most notable projects include “Portholes," an exhibition of contemporary art at Terminal B of "Koltsovo" Airport, Yekaterinburg; "I love P" (the final exhibition of works from the PERMM logo show, held in Perm, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tallinn); "Faces of the Streets" (an exhibition of design projects for five streets in Perm); "The Face of the Bride" (an exhibition of contemporary Kazakh art, held in Perm, Izhevsk , Russia); "The living classics" (a program promoting Perm Theatre-Theatre for younger audiences); the festival "The Space of Stage Direction" (2012, 2013), and rebranding programs for Perm Opera House and Perm Theatre-Theatre.

YARAT Contemporary Art Space
YARAT Contemporary Art Space was founded in 2001 by Aida Makhmudova as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary art in Azerbaijan. The overall purpose and major goal of the Baku-based organization is providing a professional creative platform for both emerging and established Azerbaijani artists. One of YARAT`s key tasks is to enable cooperation and communication with other not-for-profit artistic foundations operating in Azerbaijan and abroad. At the same time, YARAT is focused on  educational initiatives and professional training for artists in international “artists-in-residence” programs.

Entrance is free, but space is limited. Please arrive early.