YAY Gallery, Art Paris 2016
31 March – 3 April 2016
YAY gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Art Paris 2016 at stand G6, showing works from leading Azerbaijani artist Aida Mahmudova, internationally respected Almagul Menlibayeva and emerging artist Reza Hazare, born in Afghanistan.
The exhibition will draw form the cultural heritage of Azerbaijan, more specifically Baku, and it’s role throughout centuries as a commercial and cultural center. Aida Mahmudova is one of the leading Azerbaijani artists. Her works addresses themes of nostalgia and memory in her work and draws inspiration from the landscape and architecture of Azerbaijan where she currently lives and works. From Aida Mahmudova YAY shows recent paintings from her solo show at MoMA Baku. From Almagul Menlibayeva YAY brings the new specially produced works drawn from the project “The Union of Fire and Water” presented the last Venice Biennial, exploring the historical ties between Azerbaijan and the beginning of the oil industry. She will also present her latest series “Four Butterflies” dedicated to the region’s visual culture. Reza Hazare, an Afghan refugee, in his art explores the tensions he has experienced in moving between his past and present homes: tensions in their religious and secular ways of life, and in the underlying conflict between the traditional and modern. Combined the works of the artists reflect a eco-social and cultural identity of a region that carries a long, underappreciated history and is in the wake of change.
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Aida Mahmudova was born in Baku in 1982 and lives in Baku and London. 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. 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. 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. Her work was also the subject of a solo exhibition at the Barbarian Art Gallery in Zurich in 2013 and Leila Heller gallery in New York in 2015 Heller.
Reza Hazare is an Afghan artist born in an Afganian refugee family. He graduated from the Visual Arts School of Teheran in 2005, and moved right after in Azerbaijan where he pursued his studies. In 2012 he finished study at Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts. An Afghan artist Reza Hazare living in Azerbaijan. Originally coming from a country ruled by Sharia law, Reza`s art has a strong patriarchal character; even his choice of the medium – pencil and paper – is old fashioned. His inner being is thorn between East/South and West/North. He came from an Islamic country to Azerbaijan, a secular environment to which he now needs to adapt.
Almagul Menlibayeva was born in Almaty. She lives and works in Almaty, Amsterdam and Berlin. Menlibayeva graduated from the Theatre and Fine Arts Institute in Almaty in 1992. Her educational background is in the Soviet Russian avant-garde school of Futurism, which is combined with a nomadic aesthetic of post-Soviet, contemporary Kazakhstan. Working across a range of media including painting, graphics, performance, video and installation, Menlibayeva employs a syncretic and surrealist neo-shamanism to expose the spirit, history and horror of the locations she chooses. Her work has since been exhibited at: Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, 2011; Lonely at the Top, Europe at large #6 (Refrains from the Wasteland), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, 2010; Exodus, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, 2009; On the Road, Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin, 2007.
About Art Paris Fair
Art Paris Art Fair is the leading fair for modern and contemporary art held in the spring in Paris which this year brings together 143 galleries from 22 countries. The fair remains true to its concept of “cosmopolitan regionalism” introduced four years ago. In 2016, the fair continues to concentrate on parts of Europe and the singular art scenes of cities like Marseille, Milan and Zurich while also looking further afield to places like Azerbaijan, Colombia, and Iran, and of course Korea, this year’s guest of honour.
Open to all forms of artistic expression including design, Art Paris Art Fair offers an insight into art from the post-war period to the present day while the thematic sections focus more on discovery.
YAY Gallery, Stand G6, Art Paris, Paris, France
31 March – 3 April 2016
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