FARID RASULOV: 1001 SKEWERS
April 7–July 29,
Based in Baku, Azerbaijan, Farid Rasulov trained to be a doctor at the Azerbaijan State Medical University and has since become an artist. Rasulov draws his subjects from the traditional, cultural practices that slowly become erased from the Azerbaijani collective memory in the face of a rapidly modernizing and globalizing social-political context. Rasulov’s project at Laumeier continues his current exploration in sculpture based on complex, cultural references from the Caucasus.
Farid Rasulov: 1001 Skewers is a large-scale, sculptural installation inside the Aronson Fine Arts Center using more than 1,000 kebab skewers with configurations based on Azeri fairy tales. Bird #1, 2018, is a monumental, outdoor sculpture commission—the concrete artwork is a formal extraction of geometric, abstract shapes inspired by Asian carpet ornaments. Rasulov’s two installations are whimsical, humorous applications of design techniques inspired by Rasulov’s heritage in Azerbaijan.
Curated by Dana Turkovic; supported by an Independent Artist Project grant from CEC Artslink.
Farid Rasulov was born in 1985 in Shusha, Azerbaijan. Solo exhibitions include Rabouan Moussion Gallery, Paris; Sharja Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah, UAE; Aidan Gallery, Moscow, Russia; and Kichik Qalart Gallery Baku, Azerbaijan. Selected group exhibitions include Kunsthistorisches Museum-Neue Burg, Vienna; Spazio D-Maxxi National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow; ME Collectors Room, Berlin; Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris; Phillips de Pury & Company, London; 55th Venice Biennale, Azerbaijan Pavilion, Venice; Modern Art Museum, Baku; YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku; Gazelli Art House, London; Kichik QalArt, Baku; PERMM Gallery, Perm, Russia; Aidan Gallery, Moscow; Deutch Kyrkha, Baku; Voltahalle, Basel, Switzerland; M’ARS Gallery, Moscow; 53rd International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale Azerbaijan Pavilion; Atrium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin; and Residenzschloss, Dresden. Rasulov lives and works in Baku, Azerbaijan.