By Laman Ismayilova
Art Council Azerbaijan in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk led by the head of Azerbaijani-Ukrainian Youth Union, Zamina Bayramova, has organized contemporary art exhibition of Azerbaijani conceptual artists Sabina Shikhlinskaya and Eldar Akbarov, Azertac reported.
The video installation by Shikhlinskaya and photo gallery by Akbarov cover such topics as loneliness in the modern society of technology and economic progress. The photos also touch the problem of national identity in the epoch of globalism.
Since 1993 artist, educator and curator Sabina Shikhlinskaya has organized more than 50 exhibitions and projects in both Azerbaijan and abroad. In 1996, Shikhliskaya launched the “Labyrinth” project in Baku. This was the first contemporary art exhibition in Azerbaijan of a group of local artists.
In 2007, Sabina Shikhlinskaya was the curator of the Azerbaijan’s 1st pavilion at the 52nd Art Biennale in Venice.
Alongside her curatorial activities, Sabina Shikhlinskaya undertook a number of educational art projects in various institutions. She founded a school of painting for children, taught art in European Lyceum in Baku and TISA, the International School of Azerbaijan. She also conducted art therapy courses for vulnerable children: war refugees, orphans and children with disabilities.
In both her educational and curatorial projects, Sabina Shikhlinskaya partnered with such organizations as the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, UNDP, UNESCO, UNIFEM, Open Society Institute, Appolonia Art Exchanges, Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sports, Azerbaijan Center for Contemporary Arts, Azerbaijani Artists Union, Museum of Fine Art of Azerbaijan, as well as cultural representations of French, Italian, German, Norwegian, and Japanese embassy missions in Azerbaijan.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova