YAY Gallery at Contemporary Istanbul
Work by Sanan Aleskerov and Chingiz Babayev
13-16 November 2014
YAY Gallery is pleased to announce its participation for the first time in Contemporary Istanbul 2014.
The gallery, based in Baku, Azerbaijan, presents work by two Azerbaijani artists: Chingiz Babayev exhibits new sculptures and Sanan Aleskerov shows a recent photographic series. YAY is dedicated to showing work by pioneering contemporary artists, both from Azerbaijan and abroad, and the gallery is delighted to introduce its work to the dynamic contemporary art scene in Istanbul.
Chingiz Babayev’s four large-scale sculptures have been specially commissioned for the fair. Made out of wax, the sculptures are improvised, with elements that resemble knuckles and fingers. The artist was trained in Socialist Realism during the Soviet era and he sees the hand as a symbolic subject; it is a reference to the ‘manual’ labourer repeatedly depicted in art of that period. By deconstructing the hand’s elements the artist addresses its past symbolism. Chingiz Babayev is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, video and performance. He represented his country at the Azerbaijan Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2007 and 2013. In 2013 he was commissioned by YARAT (YAY’s founding, not-for-profit organisation) to create a public art project for the 2nd Baku Public Art Festival.
Sanan Aleskerov brings six photographic works from his series The Transparency of Simplicity. The series is concerned with the rapidly shifting urban environment of Azerbaijan and takes ordinary objects, such as a plant, a children’s slide, or a wall, as its focus. Aleskerov manipulates the photographs to make them appear worn or sun-damaged, suggesting a sense of nostalgia toward the present-day environment, which is soon to disappear as Baku, a city with an ancient history, undergoes rapid development. Aleskerov has represented his country at the Venice Biennale’s Azerbaijan Pavilion in both 2007 and 2013. In 2014 he presented work at Vienna Fair’s Focus exhibition dedicated to Azerbaijan. In 2013 he showed this work at the solo exhibition Transparency of Simplicity at YAY Gallery.
About Contemporary Istanbul
The 9th edition of Contemporary Istanbul, the leading international art fair that draws attention to the dynamic art scene of this unique metropolis, will take place from 13-16 November 2014 at the Istanbul Congress Centre (ICC) and the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC).
12 November VIP preview
13-16 November 2014
12 Nov 2014 / Preview (by invitation only)
13-16 Nov 2014 / Public Visit (open to everyone)
13-16 Nov 2014 11:00-20:00
Regular 20,00 TL (approx. 7 EUR)
Students 12,00 TL (approx. 4 EUR)
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Anastasia Blokhina, Director, YAY Gallery
Telephone: +994 50 289 3132