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ARTIM Project Space to present exhibitions of YARAT residents

11 April 2016 13:37 (UTC+04:00)
ARTIM Project Space to present exhibitions of YARAT residents

By Nazrin Gadimova

ARTIM Project Space will host a series of five concluding exhibitions that will feature works by YARAT residents on April 12- May 1.

Five artists from the United Kingdom (Luke Burton), Georgia (Vajiko Chachkhiani and Gvantsa Jishkariani), and Azerbaijan (Elturan Mammadov and Zamir Suleymanov) were offered temporary working spaces at the YARAT Studios and were supported to develop works that will be presented as part of exhibitions.

Luke Burton’s ‘Crude Developments in Fountain Studies’ explores the way decoration is used within the urban environment to determine and shape city's identity, often from a received historical model of what constitutes a city.

Vajiko Chachkhiani with his ‘The Last Thing I Can Hold on to are Your Kind Words’ show deals with the concepts of absence and presence.

Gvantsa Jishkariani muses on the dominating mass culture of ‘Kitsch in her Counterfeit Goods’.

Elturan Mammadov investigates Russian and Turkish influences over Azerbaijani vernacular culture in his ‘Shephard’s Dream’, while Zamir Suleymanov’s ‘Heavy Words’ deals with prevailing concerns and preoccupations of the Azerbaijani society.

YARAT Contemporary Arts Space has recently launched a residency programme aimed at supporting local arts scene and encouraging creative exchange between local and international artists.

The residency invites international artists to stay and work in Baku for up to three months along with two local artists, who are given temporary working spaces as part of YARAT Studios and are encouraged to produce a body of work that will be presented at the ARTIM Project Space.

Opened in October 2015, ARTIM is a central, accessible and dynamic space in Baku’s old city dedicated to showing experimental practices and new work by emerging Azerbaijani and international artists.

YARAT is a non-profit art organisation based in Baku, Azerbaijan. Founded by Aida Mahmudova and a group of artists in 2011, YARAT is dedicated to nurturing an understanding of contemporary art in Azerbaijan and to creating a platform for Azerbaijani art, both nationally and internationally. Education is at the heart of YARAT’s work: they hold artist residencies, workshops, lectures and screenings.

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