British artist to feature works in Baku

20 February 2015 13:24 (UTC+04:00)

By Amina Nazarli

Baku's Modern Art Museum will open the exhibition “The (Dis-) appearing woman” by British artist Sarah Knill-Jones on March 11.

Her exhibition in Baku comprising of a sound installation will also feature a video work and over 100 paintings.

The aim of the project is to explore the personal impact of geographical displacement among foreign women living temporarily in Azerbaijan, and to gain some perspective on the image of the foreign woman among the local female population.

Recurring themes among the temporary migrants include feelings of disorientation and alienation, sometimes leading to feelings of isolation and powerlessness. There are also some positive feelings such as a sense of expanded horizons, greater curiosity about surrounding environments, and increased tolerance towards differences in general.

The foreign participants were all volunteers who agreed to take part in the art project. All the interviews were made over the course of six months from September 2013 to February 2014.

A selection of local interviewees reflects foreign women in their range of ages, marital status, number of children and whether they work or not.

The audio track has been recorded by local women who volunteered to take part in the project. All participants had full knowledge that they would be visible as participants in a documentary film shot for this exhibition.

The exhibition will run till April 1. Those interested may visit the exhibition from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 till 20:00.The venue of the event is Yusif Safarov street 5.

Sarah Knill-Jones was born in London in 1969 and brought up in Scotland. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and the University of the Arts in London, receiving her Master’s Degree from Camberwell College of Art in 2010.

The works of the artist have been exhibited around the world in prestigious groups and solo exhibitions, from the UK to Norway, France, Angola, Korea and Turkey, and most recently in Azerbaijan, where she currently lives and works.

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