Col­or­ful Maiden Tower Art Fes­ti­val opens

Azer News - - Country Guide - By La­man Is­may­ilova

AThe fes­ti­val, be­ing held as part of Nasimi Fes­ti­val of Po­etry, Arts, and Spir­i­tu­al­ity, is tak­ing place in Old City, the his­tor­i­cal core of Baku.

Maiden Tower In­ter­na­tional Art Fes­ti­val has been or­ga­nized since 2010 with the view of the global pro­mo­tion of the Maiden Tower in Icher­ishe­her, in­cluded in UNESCO’s World Her­itage List in 2000.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fes­ti­val, artists from dif­fer­ent coun­tries cre­ate works re­flect­ing the syn­the­sis of di­verse cul­tures and tra­di­tions, hav­ing dec­o­rated mock-ups of the Maiden Tower in their na­tional style. These unique works will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the pro­mo­tion of the Maiden Tower - an ar­chi­tec­tural mon­u­ment of Azer­bai­jan - be­ing demon­strated in var­i­ous cities of the world.

This year, the fes­ti­val brought to­gether 17 tal­ented artists. Their art works at­tract the at­ten­tion of Baku res­i­dents and city's guests.

The fes­ti­val is held in a cre­ative and friendly at­mos­phere, the par­tic­i­pants are happy to talk about the topic of their work, and how they are in­spired by the work of the bril­liant poet and thinker Nasimi.

The par­tic­i­pant of the project, artist Narmina Veliyeva is tak­ing part in the fes­ti­val for the first time.

“This year the event is part of Nasimi Fes­ti­val of Po­etry, Arts, and Spir­i­tu­al­ity, so all artists have the task to cre­ate artis­tic com­po­si­tions ded­i­cated to Nasimi. The idea of my work is based on one of the most fa­mous cre­ations of the poet ‘Both worlds can fit within me’. My com­po­si­tion shows the male and fe­male ori­gin, cos­mos, flora and fauna ... the whole world, ev­ery­thing that God cre­ated,” she said.

Through her work, artist Say­ali Mam­madova show­cases the uni­verse. She de­picted peo­ple float­ing or fly­ing in the course of time.

“I cre­ated to this work, in­spired by the po­etry of Nasimi. I wanted to show that peo­ple some­times waste their time, but we need to ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery mo­ment of life,” she said.

An­other par­tic­i­pant of the project, artist Gu­nay Bay­larova stressed that her work is de­voted to ideas, Nasimi's judg­ments. The idea of artis­tic com­po­si­tion was formed un­der the in­flu­ence of Nasimi's gazelles. She painted her mock-up in dif­fer­ent col­ors in or­der to show the world of Nasimi through her eyes.

The po­etry Nasimi has a great in­flu­ence on the work of Roya Hasanova.

“Nasimi's po­etry has a great in­flu­ence on my work, I have re­mained faith­ful to my con­vic­tions un­til the end, and I agree with many of his views. I sketched my work in ad­vance, but in the process of cre­ation I made some changes. The branches around the hero of my com­po­si­tion sym­bol­ize that he ab­sorbed ev­ery­thing - both beauty and great­ness,” she said.

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