FARID RASULOV: 1001 SKEWERS
April 7–July 29, 2018 Dana Turkovic, Curator
Farid Rasulov: 1001 Skewers was a large-scale, indoor sculptural installation using more than
1,000 stainless-steel kebab skewers, with configurations based on Azeri fairytales. Bird #1, 2018,
is a monumental, outdoor sculpture commission installed in Laumeier’s Northern Grove—
the mixed-media artwork uses geometric, abstract shapes found in Azeri carpet patterns.
Rasulov’s two installations are whimsical, humorous applications of design techniques inspired
by the artist’s heritage in Azerbaijan. Rasulov draws his subject 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
Sculpture Park continued his current exploration in sculpture based on complex cultural
references from the Caucasus.
Farid Rasulov was born in 1985 in Shusha, Azerbaijan. Solo exhibitions include Gallery Rabouan Moussion, Paris; Sharja Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah, UAE; Aidan Gallery, Moscow; and Kichik QalArt Gallery, Baku. 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 International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale-Azerbaijan Pavilion, Venice; Modern Art Museum, Baku; YARAT Contemporary Art Space Baku; Gazelli Art House, London; Kichik QalArt, Baku; PERM Museum of Modern Art (PERMM), Perm; Aidan Gallery, Moscow; Deutch Kyrkha, Baku; Voltahalle, Basel; M’ARS Gallery, Moscow; 53rd International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale-Azerbaijan Pavilion; Atrium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin; Residenzschloss, Dresden. Rasulov lives and works in Baku, Azerbaijan.