What a Gorgeous Place for Revelry! | 2016 | Video projection, Sound | 52 mins
Farhad Farzaliyev’s video documentation of a performance is conceived as a critique of overconsumption and greed. The work also highlights the act of eating as the focal ritual in the social life of the country. The artist staged a pseudo-sociological experiment where he invited strangers to partake in an opulent feast of traditional foods. The group of 12 men sat down, drank and threw a typical, all-male, Caucasian dinner party with toasting, poems and discussions around politics. Visually reminiscent of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, the resulting work acts as anthology of Azerbaijani toasting tradition.