B. 1956, Baku
Lives and works in Baku
Sanan Aleskerov graduated with a degree in journalism from Azerbaijan State University in 1982. He worked with scientific, applied, press and other photography. Between 1999 and 2009, Aleskerov served as a chairman of the artistic council of the Union of Photographers of Azerbaijan. Since 1996 he has been teaching and is now working with documentary photography. His characteristic work includes projects that observe urban, social and visual changes of cities and landscapes.
Sanan Aleskerov is one of the great masters of Azerbaijani photography. For ten years he headed the Artistic Council of the Azerbaijan Association of Photographers and gained many disciples and followers. Over the past quarter of a century, he has been awarded many prestigious prizes in national and international photographic competitions and festivals. This artist was among the first contemporary Azerbaijani photographers whose works became known abroad after Azerbaijan gained its independence.
A journalism graduate from the Azerbaijan State University, Aleskerov works in the genre of documentary photography. Indicative of his work are his observational projects where he monitors the urban, social and visual changes in cities and landscapes. According to Aleskerov, what interests him is “spiritual ecology”. The ambiguity of this definition includes relationships among people, their need for spiritual purity, man’s relationship to the environment, and the life of this environment independent of human intervention – the inner world of objects, architectural structures and wildlife.
Aleskerov has said that there are photographic compositions which must be examined like an intricately woven rug: by doing so, every square inch of their surface will yield surprises, new and unexpected patterns. Such is his series of works dedicated to the city of Baku. These are photographs of various nooks of our capital city, taken throughout several decades. Their chronology shows the changes in the appearance of the city. Changes that evoke in some a feeling of nostalgia for times long gone, and in others ignite an inspiration with a view to the future.
Aleskerov’s work is held in the collection of Museum of El Salvador Velasek, Reus, Spain; Library of the Photo, Surrey, UK; The Baku Centre of Arts, Baku, Azerbaijan; and the Museum of Istiglal, Baku, Azerbaijan. It is also held in private collections in USA, Turkey, Austria, Germany, UK, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Norway, and France.
TRANSPARENCY OF SIMPLICITY, YAY GALLERY, Baku, Azerbaijan
IMAGES, Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
SHAHID AVENUE – 1990, Istiglal Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan
SANAN ALESKEROV: SELECTED WORKS, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France
ELEMENTS OF MY LIFE, Gallery TMS, Tbilisi, Georgia
SANAN ALESKEROV: SELECTED WORKS, Baku Centre of Arts, Baku, Azerbaijan
SANAN ALESKEROV: SELECTED WORKS, Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
Group exhibitions and projects
'FLY TO BAKU. Contemporary art from Azerbaijan' Exhibition series around world.
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; Phillips de Pury & Company, London, UK
HOME SWEET HOME Contemporary art exhibition, Baku MOMA, Azerbaijan
ORNAMENTATION, 55th Venice Biennale, Azerbaijan Pavilion, TRANSPARENSY OF SIMPLICITY Photography Collection, Venice, Italy
Curator, ‘THE SEVEN: Modern Azerbaijan Photography’, Modern Art Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan
CULTURE SCAPES ASERBAIDSCHAN, Cultural Days of Azerbaijan, Basel, Switzerland
‘Photoquai’, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France
STEPS OF TIME, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
DIALOG WITH NEIGHBOUR, Efeshane Gallery, Istanbul ‘Modern Photography in Azerbaijan’, Contemporary Art Centre, MOMA, Moscow, Russia
OMNIA MEA, Azerbaijan Pavilion, FIRE, Labyrinth Group project, 52nd Venice Biennale, Italy
INTERNATIONAL PROJECT RECOGNIZE NEIGHBOUR, Tophane Gallery, Istanbul
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY IN AZERBAIJAN, CSI Gallery, Moscow
KARAVANSERAI AZERBAIJAN – IDENS RIKE, Archaeologist Museum, Stavanger, Norway
LANDART-OIL, Labyrinth Group project, Contemporary Art Festival, Q Gallery, Baku
PHOTOS OF ‘AJNA – 2002’, First International Festival, Association of Photographers of Azerbaijan, Baku
DAYS OF CAUCASIAN CULTURE IN MONGOLIA. A collection of works’, Museum of Modern Art, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
APPENDIX, exhibition of a conceptual photo, Karavasla, Tbilisi, Georgia
FIRE, Labyrinth Group projects, Vadji Samedove Gallery, Baku Labyrinth Group exhibition, CDH Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1989–91, 1995–97, 1999
London Salons of the Photo, London, UK
Special Prize, ‘Tradition and Modernity’ Competition, Baku Art Centre, Baku
Grand Prize, ‘Image of PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Competition, Baku First Place, ‘Tradition and Modernity’ Competition, Baku Art Centre, Baku
Humay Award for Labyrinth ‘Landart I’ project, Baku 1996 Bronze Medal, Federation of International Art Photography, Istanbul
1995 – 1996
London Salon of Photography Honorary Medal, London
Honorary Ribbon, Federation of International Art Photography, Edinburgh, UK