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 in Baku. Owner of the music label Geschenk Recordings.


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.

EDUCATION:


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

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

2012 - Now    Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts | Architect-Artist (PhD)


SOLO SHOWS:


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” | 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)


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

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 (seeker)” | “Gazelli Art House” | London | UK

2019 - “Die Grenze” (Curated by Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter)
            “House of Youth” | Tashkent | Uzbekistan
            “Hay Art Center” | Yerevan | Armenia

2018 - “1918” | “Gazelli Art House” | Baku | Azerbaijan

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

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” (Curated by Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter)
            “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

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

2016 - “Boom Bang III” (curated by Cibic, Virginija Januškevičiūtė, Filip Markiewicz, Katharina Stadler)
            “NN Contemporary Art Northampton” | Northampton | UK
            “Žagarės kultūros centras” | Žagarė | Lithuania
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” (main program of The 6th Moscow Biennale) | “VNDKh” | Moscow | Russia (curated by “the Unbound” group)

2015 - “The Review” | “YAY! Gallery” | Baku | Azerbaijan

2015 - “3rd Baku Public Art Festival” | Baku | Azerbaijan (curated by Sara Raza)

2014 - “ASTAR” (“A Time for Dreams” 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 - “The 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 - “ЗАВОД” | “Baku Air Condition Plant building” | Baku | Azerbaijan (co-curated with Faig Ahmed)

2013 - “Eko 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 - “Group Exhibition of Members of Artists Union of Azerbaijan” | “Artists Union of Azerbaijan” | Baku | Azerbaijan

2012 - “Aluminum 5” The International Biannual Festival | “Museum Center” | Baku | Azerbaijan

2011 - “Group Exhibition of Members of Artists Union of Azerbaijan” | “Artists Union of Azerbaijan” | Baku | Azerbaijan

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” The International Biannual Festival | “Museum Center” | Baku | Azerbaijan (curated by Leyla Akhundzadeh)

2008 - “Steps of Time” | “Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden” | Dresden | Germany (curated by Leyla Akhundzadeh)

2007 - “Aluminum 3” The International Biannual Festival | “Museum Center” | Baku | Azerbaijan (curated by Leyla Akhundzadeh)


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 - “ЗАВОД” | “Baku Air Condition Plant building” | Baku | Azerbaijan (co-curated with Faig Ahmed)


ART FAIRS / AUCTIONS:

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)


RESIDENCIES:


2018 - “Art Villa Garikula” | Akhalkalaki | Georgia

2011 - “KulturKontakt Austria - Artists in Residence Programm” | Vienna | Austria

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