Ali Hasanov

b. 1976, Baku, Azerbaijan

Lives and works in Baku and in Moscow

A graduate of the Azimzadeh State Art College (1993) and Azerbaijan State Uni­versity of Culture and Art (1997) in Baku, received a degree in filmmaking from Rustam Ibragimbekov’s Baku International Film School (2010) and reveived also Moscow school of New Cinema (2013). Ali Hasanov was known as the brash nonconformist even back in his student years, and has since become known as a man who thinks outside the box. Hasanov is also interested in poetry, rock music and film direction. He became the first performance artist to practice in Azerbaijan and he is a member of the creative association Wings of Time (2000). His work can often be seen at the Museum Centre of Azerbaijan and has been ex­hibited both in Azerbaijan (Baku and Ganja), and abroad in Russia, Georgia, France, Norway, Greece and Italy.

Hasanov pioneered performance art in Azerbaijan and represented his country at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). He is also the founder and leader of a musical collective called PG Large Used Project. Hasanov remains active in various genres such as visual and performance art, video and sound installations, as well as painting and drawing. His performance art showed a creature crawling into a black robe. It was a tragic image of a ‘Spider Man’, gaspingin a narrow space, and saving himself by embracing his own identity, by finding a way out of an amorphous dark structure. This piece symbol­izes the path of Azerbaijan in its struggle for independence.

Similar motifs resonate through the performance work illustrated here, Scatterheart. Here also, the language of body movement and music merges into a laconic installation, illustrating the path to freedom. But this time it is the path of a creative soul, which, escapes the confines of a certain core, of a ‘shelter’ (by destroying it), and searches for its place in the surrounding world to find its own niche and to fit into it.

Solo exhibitions:


ALIBI, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan 


VISE VERSA, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan 


SONNET XXX / INITIATION, short film, “Union of cinematographers, Baku, Azerbaijan 


STEMS FROM THE DRIFT, short film, Union of cinematographers, Baku, Azerbaijan 


CATHEDRAL SPY, Protvor Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia 


BLOOD WITH MILK, French Cultural Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan 


AIR PAWS, Baku Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan 


THE BRAIN OF A GALAPAGOS TORTOISE, Benevolent Foundation for Aesthetic Development, Baku, Azerbaijan 

Selected projects and exhibition


DYSPHONIA, group exhibition, Artim Project Space, Baku, Azerbaijan


Across the Caucasus, Georgian National Museum (Karvasla), Tbilisi, Georgia

Renegade Orchestra, Workshop, by Dash Arts, Rooms, Kazbegi, Georgia




VIDEOFOCUS, media arts festival, NCCA, Moscow, Russia

ART DUBAI 2014: MARKER, Caucasus and Central Asia, Azerbaijan Pavillion, Dubai, UAE

LOVE ME LOVE ME NOT, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan


'FLY TO BAKU. Contemporary art from Azerbaijan', Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Baku, Azerbaijan; Kunsthistorisches museum - Neue Burg, Vienna, Austria; Spazio D - Maxxi building National Museum of XXI Century arts, Rome, Italy; 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; Phillips de Pury& Company, London, UK

REVELATIONS, National Centre for contemporary art, Moscow, Russia

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


COMMONIST, exhibition of contemporary art, by YARAT Contemporary Art space, Baku, Azerbaijan

VIDEO ART ARTLINAVALERO 2012, Griboedov, video-installation, Artlinavalero gallery, Barcelona, Spane

Baku Public Art Festival 2012. ARSENIUM, multimedia art project, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan       

MERGING BRIDGES, Contemporary art exhibition, Museum of Modern Art Baku, Azerbaijan

GeoAIR, residency, a presentation and an artist talk, Tbilisi, Georgia


Takeaway/Prisoner and The Great Caucasus performance installations, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia

Union of cinematographers, Sonnet XXX / Initiation short film (7 min), as a Director and Art Director


Stems from the Drift short film (6 min), as a Director and Art Director

Reciprocal Visit, The Apartment Project from Istanbul, Kibela, Maribor, Slovenia

ALANICA 2010, International Art Symposium, Vladikavkaz, North Osetia 


Think of the Radio and Appointment video installations, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey

MARSOVO POLE PROJECT, Sentencia performance, Mars Gallery, Moscow, Russia


Air Mail video, Art Caucasus International Art Forum, Tbilisi, Georgia

OMNIA MEA 52nd Venice Biennale, The Pavilion of Azerbaijan, Venice, Italy


ART RESIDENCE, Rogaland Art Centre, Art Centre Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway

CAUCASUS, contemporary exhibition, NCCA, Moscow, Russia

Keelcoushe performance, East-or-West International Art Festival, Die, France


ALUMINUM 2, The International Biannual Festival, A Memory Unit performance, Museum Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

Blood with Milk performance, French Cultural Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan


PG Large Used Project and Fridarumental 8000th Probe musical project, Gender+Theatre Music Art Festival, Baku, Azerbaijan


WINGS OF TIME, Khagani Shoping Mall, Baku, Azerbaijan


ART MANEGE, Art Manege, Moscow, Russia

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Azerbaijan, AZ 1000

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