Sanan Aleskerov

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.

Solo exhibitions

2013

TRANSPARENCY OF SIMPLICITY, YAY GALLERY, Baku, Azerbaijan

2008

IMAGES, Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

2003

SHAHID AVENUE – 1990, Istiglal Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan

SANAN ALESKEROV: SELECTED WORKS, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France

1998

ELEMENTS OF MY LIFE, Gallery TMS, Tbilisi, Georgia

1988

SANAN ALESKEROV: SELECTED WORKS, Baku Centre of Arts, Baku, Azerbaijan

1987

SANAN ALESKEROV: SELECTED WORKS, Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

Group exhibitions and projects

2012-2013

'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

2013

HOME SWEET HOME Contemporary art exhibition, Baku MOMA, Azerbaijan

ORNAMENTATION, 55th Venice Biennale, Azerbaijan Pavilion, TRANSPARENSY OF SIMPLICITY Photography Collection, Venice, Italy

2010

Curator, ‘THE SEVEN: Modern Azerbaijan Photography’, Modern Art Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan

2009

CULTURE SCAPES ASERBAIDSCHAN, Cultural Days of Azerbaijan, Basel, Switzerland

‘Photoquai’, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France

2008

STEPS OF TIME, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany

2007

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

2006

KARAVANSERAI AZERBAIJAN – IDENS RIKE, Archaeolo­gist Museum, Stavanger, Norway

2005

LANDART-OIL, Labyrinth Group project, Contemporary Art Festival, Q Gallery, Baku

2002

PHOTOS OF ‘AJNA – 2002’, First International Festival, As­sociation of Photographers of Azerbaijan, Baku

2001

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

2000

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

Awards

2006

Special Prize, ‘Tradition and Modernity’ Competition, Baku Art Centre, Baku

2001

Grand Prize, ‘Image of PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Competi­tion, Baku First Place, ‘Tradition and Modernity’ Compe­tition, Baku Art Centre, Baku

2000

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

1994

Honorary Ribbon, Federation of International Art Photography, Edinburgh, UK

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