BIO:


Farhad Farzali is a sound artist who merges traditional culture, popular aesthetics and contemporary music to comment on his own geopolitical situation in a country from the former Soviet Union. Engages in anthropological research on the Azerbaijan cultural context and the cataloguing of striking forms of neo-folklore. Was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1989. Completed an MFA at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts in Baku in 2012. Participated a large number of group exhibitions around the world. Represented in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Baku, Azerbaijan National Museum of Fine Arts and Yarat Contemporary Art Space. Lives and works between Baku, Berlin and Dubai. 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:


Farzali easily switches between different styles and genres, but one thing stays steady. The culture of his country and the new national identity of independent Azerbaijan appear as a main artist’s matter of interest. His homeland located close to Persian, Ottoman and Russian Empires becomes an inspirational kaleidoscope of customs, traditions, and rituals. According to the words of the artist, his country is his only muse, a charming mystery which has to be solved. Farzali accurately examined anthropological samples of his native cultural context, carefully cataloged all forms of the new art, and the archaic elements turning back and actualized to create neofolk artifacts.

SELECTED PROJECTS:


2022        Rewriting Childhood
Total Installation

2022        The Others Will Join
Computer-generated image NFT

2022        The Infinite Energy
Computer-generated image NFT

2021         Another Perspective
Multichannel audio installation

2021         Within m2
4 channel audio installation

2021         I Am Not An Angel, But...
Computer-generated image NFT

2020       Speech Therapy
4 channel audio installation

2019         Turandokht. Radio Riddle
5 channel radio installation

2017         Vertigo
Multichannel audio interactive installation

2017         Mugham-Karaoke
Interactive karaoke machine

2017         Runanshah
Installation, video

2017         Molotov Gulab
Performance

2017         Happy Birthday, Marina!
Installation

2016         What A Gorgeous Place for Revelry!
Video documentation of the performance

2015         Azerbaijani Burger
Installation

2015         I Am Your Only Tiger
Total installation

2015         Azerbaijani Coloring Book
Interactive installation

2015         G.G.G.G
Neon light installation

2014        Granny’s Vocabulary
Installation, textile, neon, foamcore

2014         Torpunk
C-Print on mugs, multichannel sound

2014         In the Summer Heat
Installation


EDUCATION:


2006—2010   Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts
Architect-Artist (BA)

2010—2012    Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts
Architect-Artist (MFA)

2022—now    Berlin University of the Arts
Sound Studies and Sonic Arts (Ma)

     

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS:


2022        Rewriting Childhood (with Agil Abdullayev)
Gazelli Art House, Baku, Azerbaijan
(Self-curated by artists)

2022        Tiger is a tiger is a tiger is a tiger
Galerie Dix9, Paris, France
(curated by Azad Asifovich)

2019        Turandokht. Radio Riddle
Private Garden, Venice, Italy
(curated by Asli Samadova)

2017         Vertigo
Palace of the Shirvanshahs, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Asli Samadova)

2017         Azerbaijan Baroque
Fragment Gallery, Moscow, Russia
(curated by Andrey Misiano)

2017        Molotov Gulab
ARTIM Project Space, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Anna Fech)

2015        I Am Your Only Tiger
Yay! Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Bjorn Geldhof)



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:


2020        Things
Anna Nova, Saint Petersburg, Russia
(curated by Alexey Maslyaev)

2020        Way Back Home
Gazelli Art House, Baku, Azerbaijan

2020        Extension.az: Off the Velvet Chest
Smena, Kazan, Russia
(curated by Asli Samadova)

2020        New Viewings
Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany
(curated by Thibaut de Ruyter)

2020        Taus Makhacheva: Hold Your Horses
The Tetley, Leeds, UK
(curated by Taus Makhacheva)

2019        EXTENSION.AZ: Off the Velvet Chest
Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia
(curated by Asli Samadova)

2019        Café Avarice & Generosity
Galerie Dix9, Paris, France
(curated by Azad Asifovich)

2019        CI’19 PLUGIN
Istanbul Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey
(curated by Esra Özkan)

2019        Bahith
Gazelli Art House, London, UK

2019        Die Grenze
House of Youth, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Hay Art Center, Yerevan, Armenia
(curated by Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter)

2018        1918
Gazelli Art House, Baku, Azerbaijan

2018        Die Grenze
The Ural Branch of NCCA-ROSIZO, Ekaterinburg, Russia
A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan
(curated by Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter)

2017        Work Never Stops
Tyumen Museum and Education Association, Tyumen, Russia
(curated by Svetlana Usoltseva)

2017        In Between the Sea and Mountains
Yay! Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Björn Geldhof and Farah Alakbarli)

2017        Hosting the Inhuman
MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
(curated by Maria Kramar and Karen Sarkisov)

2017        Die Grenze
Tsereteli Art Gallery, Moscow, Russia
ARTPLAY SPb, Saint Petersburg, Russia
The Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Plivka Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine
Tbilisi History Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia
Cultural Center “Korpus”, Minsk, Belarus
HMKV, Dortmund, Germany
(curated by Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter)

2016        300 Words on Resistance
YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curateby Suad Garayeva-Maleki and Björn Geldhof)

2016        Boom Bang III
NN Contemporary Art Northampton, Northampton, UK
Žagarės kultūros centras, Žagarė, Lithuania
(curated by Cibic, Virginija Januškevičiūtė, Filip Markiewicz, Katharina Stadler)

2016        To Be Surprised, To Surprise
ARTIM Project Space, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Sergey Bratkov)

2015        Candy Mountains, Oil Shores
PERMM, Perm, Russia
(curated by Nailya Allahverdiyeva and Farhad Farzali)

2015        Greater Caucasian Pavilion
6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
VNDKh, Moscow, Russia
(curated by “the Unbound” group)

2015        The Review
Yay! Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

2015        A Drop of Sky
3rd Baku Public Art Festival
Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Sara Raza)

2014        ASTAR
4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art
MMOMA, Moscow, Russia
(curated by Nailya Allahverdiyeva)

2014        Nuda Veritas
Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Samira Sefi)

2014        16th edition of the Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival
Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

2013        Different Cultures — One World
7th Tashkent International Contemporary Art Biennial
Central Exhibition Hall of the Academy of Arts, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

2013        ZAVOD
Baku Air Condition Plant building, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Faig Ahmed and Farhad Farzali)

2013        Eco Art
Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

2013        From Waste to Art
Gala Archeological and Ethnographic Museum, Baku, Azerbaijan

2013        The World Is Yours/The World Is Mine
Kicik QalArt, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Faig Ahmed)

2013        Process 2013
The Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

2012        Aluminum 5
International Biennial of Contemporary Art
Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Dilara Vahabobva)

2011         Artist in Residency 2011
Ausstellungsraum des BMUKK, Vienna, Austria

2010        At The Cross of XX Century
Azerbaijan State Museum of Art, Baku, Azerbaijan

2009       Aluminum 4
International Biennial of Contemporary Art
Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Leyla Akhundzade)

2008       Steps of Time
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany
(curated by Leyla Akhundzade)

2007        Aluminum 3
International Biennial of Contemporary Art
Museum Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
(curated by Leyla Akhundzade)



CURATED/CO-CURATED PROJECTS:


2017        100% Made in Azerbaijan
ARTIM Project Space, Baku, Azerbaijan

2015        Candy mountains, Oil Shores
PERMM, Perm, Russia
(co-curated with Nailya Allahverdiyeva)

2013        ZAVOD
“Baku Air Conditioners” plant building, Baku, Azerbaijan
(co-curated with Faig Ahmed)



ART FAIRS / AUCTIONS:


2022        Art Dubai
Dubai, UAE
(presented by Gazelli Art House and Window Project)

2021        Art Dubai
Dubai, UAE
(presented by Gazelli Art House)

2019        Contemporary Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
(presented by Ta(r)dino 6)

2019        Off White Auction
Cosmoscow, Moscow, Russia

2019        Art Dubai
Dubai, UAE
(presented by Gazelli Art House)

2018        Art Dubai
Dubai, UAE
(presented by Gazelli Art House)

2016        Art Dubai
Dubai, UAE
(presented by Yay! Gallery)

2014        START Art Fair
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
(presented by Yay! Gallery)



AWARDS:


2020        Han Nefkens Foundation-Fundació Antoni Tapies
                    Video Art Production Award 2020
 
(Finalist)


RESIDENCIES:


2021        Garage Studios
Moscow, Russia

2018        Art Villa Garikula
Akhalkalaki, Georgia

2011        KulturKontakt Austria - Artists in Residence Programm
Vienna, Austria


Mark