By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijani artist Ashraf Heybatov will display his works in Berlin on February 25, Azertac reported.
Entitled "Justice for Khojaly", the exhibition is dedicated to the Khojaly genocide committed by the Armenian armed forces in early 1990s.
In 1992, the town of Khojaly, the second largest town in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, came under intense fire by the Armenian armed forces.
Some 613 civilians mostly women and children were killed in the massacre, and a total of 1,000 people were disabled. Eight families were exterminated, 25 children lost both parents, and 130 children lost one parent. Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage, and the fate of 150 people remains unknown. Civilians were shot at close range, scalped, and burned alive.
Ashraf Heybatov is the only Azerbaijan artist whose solo exhibitions were organized at President`s Palace in Bucharest, art galleries in Malta, Vatican, Royal cultural center in Jordan, the UN headquarters in Geneva, NATO and CoE headquarters in Brussels.
He is a member of UNESCO International Association of Art, and chairman of the Association of Azerbaijani cultural figures in Europe.
Heybatov is well-known for his thought-provoking work which reflects the Azerbaijani spirit in terms of history, culture, customs and traditions.
The Azerbaijani artist has been awarded the title Honored Artist of Azerbaijan in recognition of his contribution to the development of Azerbaijani art.
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