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Aida Mahmudova

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Description

  • Aida Mahmudova
  • Untitled
  • acrylic, pastel and varnish on canvas
  • 200 by 270cm.; 78 3/4 by 106 1/4 in.
  • Executed in 2013.

Provenance

Yay Gallery, Baku

Exhibited

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum; Baku, Heydar Aliyev Center, Fly to Baku: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, 2013-2014

Catalogue Note

"My art is a constant and continued investigation of my memory, as it informs my identity. The touchstone of this search and the main source of my inspiration are the forgotten, untouched, and under-developed locations in Azerbaijan. Our physical world is shifting at a pace so rapid that our memories are frequently blurred, and our ‘remembered’ past is often forgotten or altered by our subconscious. This confuses our identity. These unmodernized locales function as a ‘missing link’. They are a fulcrum that connects the actual past with the remembered past. They are the fabric of my identity—the fiction and the reality, the memory and the present moment, the subconscious and the conscious. Physically experiencing the concrete reality of these sites allows me to re-experience and re-visit the places of my past. These encounters help me to re-capture the past within the present moment. The tangible relics of Azerbaijan’s past are timeless and transient, universal and specific, and they are the fabric I use to give material form to the intangible memories that inform my present identity and my art." From the artist's statement, 2013
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