Domestic Alien expo opens in Baku [PHOTO]

20 November 2017 18:04 (UTC+04:00)

By Laman Ismayilova

An exhibition of foreign artists Franz Ackermann, El Anatsui, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Richard Wilson opened in Gazelli Art House on November 17.

Domestic Alien is a show that explores and challenges a diverse range of present-day themes and issues, Day.Az reported.

Underlined by the concept of displacement, it encourages a dialogue on differences in societal and cultural values, notions of domesticity, and the impact of globalisation.

Franz Ackermann’s whimsical landscapes lead viewers in a world full of colour and abstraction.

Ackerman's last works "Chess Me" and "Direction Away" (2016) has been widely recognised as critical political commentary on the contemporary issues of tourism and globalisation.

A labyrinth of biotic generalisations, what seems to be unstructured, compositions work in paradoxical harmony to provide a common ground. 

One of the most influential contemporary artists of his generation, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s pioneering approach serves to reconfigure the relationship between art and life.

Pistoletto elaborates on the use of reflective surfaces to "create a place by bringing about a passage between the photograph and the mirror". 

Engrossed within the interactive setting recreated on the surface, the viewer sees at once both a familiar and distorted reality. 

Richard Wilson, one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors, is well-known for his interventions within architectural spaces. 

Inspired by the worlds of engineering and construction, Wilson offers a new perspective on everyday spaces and objects.

The distortion and upturn of otherwise recognisable objects, such as in Blocka Flats (2017) where he borrows from the form of a chest of drawers, prompt a re-assessment of accepted pre-conceptions of reality.

Following the success of the launch of the re-designed space in Baku this year, Gazelli Art House is excited to welcome a truly impressive assemblage of universally celebrated international artists in Azerbaijan.

The exhibition will last until February 23, 2018.

Gazelli Art House supports a wide range of international artists, presenting a broad and dynamic programme to a diverse audience through global public projects and exhibition spaces in London and Baku.

Contemporary gallery was founded in 2003 in Baku, Azerbaijan where it held exhibitions with Azeri artists.


Laman Ismayilova  is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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