“Be­tween the Sea and Moun­tains” expo opens in Baku

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

“Be­tween the Sea and Moun­tains" ex­hi­bi­tion has opened in Yay Gallery. The ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether works by two dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions of Azer­bai­jani artists, ex­plor­ing is­sues of na­tional, cul­tural and per­sonal be­long­ing.

"Be­tween the Sea and Moun­tains" comes into the pic­ture of ge­o­graph­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal con­text of Azer­bai­jan and de­scribes Turk­ish speak­ing na­tion, which can be con­sid­ered both Euro­pean and Asian, hav­ing formed its cul­tural iden­tity un­der Ara­bic, Per­sian and Rus­sian in­flu­ences.

Short film ‘As­tar’ co-au­thored by young artists Zamir Su­ley­manov and Emin Az­izbayli is about life and rou­tine of a young boy. The film where imag­i­na­tion and re­al­ity get en­tan­gled, in­ves­ti­gates con­cept of the imag­i­nary en­vi­ron­ment and how such set­ting can af­fect per­son’s iden­tity.

Within his Bahram Gur and the Beast in­stal­la­tion Nadir Emi­nov voices his at­ti­tude to­wards re­con­struc­tion and ren­o­va­tion works car­ried out within Baku in re­cent years. Ac­cord­ing to the artist, ten­dency to cover up pub­lic ar­eas with ir­rel­e­vant dec­o­ra­tive stone is noth­ing more than Kitsch cul­ture.

7-screen video in­stal­la­tion Per­sonal Con­ver­sa­tion in the Moun­tains by Zamir Su­ley­manov shows men in suits speak­ing on cell phones stand­ing on dif­fer­ent moun­tain peaks of Nakhchivan. This video in­ter­prets two dif­fer­ent views – so­cial and mytho­log­i­cal. In the first view the artist cre­ates the fig­ure of very im­por­tant per­son, while in the mytho­log­i­cal ap­proach he points out the sanc­tity of num­ber 7. Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, ship of Prophet Noah an­chored on the moun­tains of Nakhchivan, and rested upon the area called Gemi­gaya, known for its pet­ro­glyphs.

In his work named Here are Your 2 Shir­vans! Put Them in Your Pocket! Farhad Farza­liyev uses Cyril­lic al­pha­bet to il­lus­trate the lost words from our child­hood on ma­te­rial which once used to be af­ford­able to ev­ery­one dur­ing the Soviet Union pe­riod. Thus, the artist high­lights of­fi­cial chang­ing of Azer­bai­jani al­pha­bet three times dur­ing last 80 years.

Un­ti­tled work by Aida Mah­mu­dova brings the viewer into the melan­cholic land­scape on the wings of nos­tal­gic feel­ings. This work is em­bod­i­ment of Azer­bai­jan’s cur­rent po­si­tion on the world map.

Azer­bai­jani artist Babi Badalov who lives and works in Paris, cre­ated his works by play­ing with phrases and word com­bi­na­tions, high­light­ing in this man­ner the theme of ori­gin, her­itage and val­ues which have played sig­nif­i­cant role in for­ma­tion of ide­ol­ogy of the re­gion.

Un­ti­tled mon­u­ment from Ar­chi­tec­tural Di­chotomy se­ries by Farid Ra­sulov rep­re­sents two large con­crete blocks, be­tween which stands a neat she­beke or­na­ment. Rep­re­sent­ing she­beke as a core el­e­ment sym­bol­iz­ing Azer­bai­jan, the artist shows geopo­lit­i­cal po­si­tion of the coun­try in the re­gion.

The in­stal­la­tion of El­turan Mam­madov named Uniden­ti­fied Heights demon­strates Azer­bai­jan’s at­ti­tude to­wards com­plex geopo­lit­i­cal re­al­i­ties. Us­ing well-known Google Maps soft­ware, the au­thor shows oc­cu­pied name­less heights within NagornoKarabakh zone, which are un­der con­stant fire, and also fo­cuses on the prob­lems of sur­round­ing set­tle­ments.

Tahir Sala­hov’s Novkhani Sanc­tu­ary high­lights the na­tion's re­li­gious iden­tity. Ex­is­tence of sanc­tu­ar­ies al­most in ev­ery part of the coun­try, which con­tra­dicts Is­lam re­li­gion, is a para­dox­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. Nev­er­the­less this fact does not di­min­ish the be­lief of these peo­ple in sanc­tu­ar­ies.

Be­sides show­ing the scenery of the cog­nom­i­nal vil­lage which sit­u­ated in the heights of the Greater Cau­ca­sus in the north of Azer­bai­jan Mam­mad­huseyn Huseynov's work Khi­naliq also at­tracts the at­ten­tion to the ex­is­tence of eth­nic group with dif­fer­ent lan­guage, tra­di­tions unique ar­chi­tec­ture and cul­ture.

"Be­tween the Sea and Moun­tains" expo is cu­rated by Björn Geld­hof and Farah Alak­barli.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will last un­til Septem­ber 29, 2017.

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