Aida Mahmudova

B. 1982, Baku, Azerbaijan

Live and works in Baku and in London

Aida Mahmudova is an artist and Founding Director of YARAT Contemporary Art Space. She graduated from the American Intercontinental University with a BA Degree in Fashion Marketing in 2009. In 2006, she graduated from Central Saint Martin`s College of Art and Design in London with a BA Degree in Fine Art. Her work has been exhibited internationally and uses a variety of techniques from painting and photography to video installation. In 2011, Aida Mahmudova founded YARAT, a non-governmental organization that promotes Azeri contemporary art both on a national and international level, support creativity of young people and helps to foster cultural dialogue between Azerbaijan and other countries.

Aida Mahmudova's work addresses memory and nostalgia. Drawing inspiration for the landscape and architecture of Azerbaijan, Mahmudova works in installation, sculpture and painting, to capture forgotten and marginal corners of her rapidly modernising country. The core of Mahmudova's work involves repurposed abandoned architectural features, formed into installations, as well as paintings of empty sites on the outskirts of Baku. Seeking to commemorate a moment in time through these subjects, her works act to counter the on-going experience of transience, yet they simultaneously celebrate items which are themselves on the cusp on disappearing. As such, Mahmudova preserves the sense of ephemerality that permeates a country already layered with past civilisations.

Key to Mahmudova's work is the tension between fiction and reality, and a fascination with memory and identity's impermanence. To Mahmudova, identity is formed by memory, which is continually altered and 're-remembered' over time. The landscapes and architectural relics externalise this sense of change and reflect underlying tensions experienced by the generation who experienced Azerbaijan's independence in 1991. To date Mahmudova's work has been shown at the MAXXI in Rome and at the 55th Venice Biennale for the exhibition Love Me, Love Me Not (also shown at the Zaha Hadid-designed Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku) amongst others. Mahmudova's work was the subject of a solo exhibition for Barbarian Art Gallery Zurich.

Aida Mahmudova is the Curatorial Director of the Baku Museum of Modern Art since 2012.

Solo exhibitions:


Non-imagined Perspectives, solo exhibition, YARAT Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan


Can't Capture The Light, solo exhibition, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium


Umwelt, solo exhibition, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan


Elisium, solo exhibition, MoMA, Baku, Azerbaijan

Passing By..., Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA


Internal Peace, solo exhibition, Barbarian Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

Internal Peace, solo exhibition, Kichik GalArt Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan


Solo exhibition, in collaboration with pianist Murad Adigezalzadeh, devoted to the 120th jubilee of Uzeyir Hajibeyov. Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall, Baku , Azerbaijan


First Solo Exhibition, Q Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

Group exhibitions:


Art Dubai, YAY Gallery Stand F8, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Art Paris Fair, YAY Gallery Booth G6, Grand Palais, Paris, France


Exploring Inward, Exhibition in frame Buta Festival, Louise Blouin Foundation, London, United Kingdom

Making Histories, YARAT Permanent Collection Exhibition, YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

Vita Vitale National Pavilion of Azerbaijan, at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Candy Mountains And Oil Coasts, exhibition of Azerbaijan artists, PERMM Museum of Modern Art, Perm, Russia


Here Today, The Old Sorting Office, London, UK

Poetics Of The Ordinary, Azerbaijan Pavillion, Vienna Fair The New Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

Love Me Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan


Love Me Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Collateral Event for the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Home Sweet Home group exhibition, Azerbaijan Cultural Center, Paris, France; Baku Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Baku, Azerbaijan


Fly To Baku. Contemporary art from Azerbaijan. Exhibition series: Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan; Kunsthistorisches museum – Neue Burg, Vienna, Austria; Spazio D - Maxxi building National Museum of XXI Century arts, Rome, Italy; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia; me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany; Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, France; Howick Place - Phillips de Pury & Company, London, UK


012 Baku Public Art Festival, organised by YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan

Merging Bridges, International Group Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan


Foreword, Alternative Art Space of YARAT, Baku, Azerbaijan

THE LAND OF FIRE, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, Hotel d’ Evreux, Paris, France

MAIDEN TOWER, 1st International Festival of Arts, Baku, Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan, AZ 1000

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