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2012 “Commonist” Contemporary Art Exhibition, YARAT! Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan

Rahim’s piece, Black woman, composed for this exhibition consists of both an installation and a film. The insrallation takes the from of athe kitchen. The kitchen is a non- descript domestic space. Its ordinary nature allows it to exist as an average kitchen that one would expect to find in a typical Azerbaijani home. The installation allows a viewer to move about the kitchen and participate in the domestic space. Essentially the viewer becomes the performer within an artist-designed stage set. The film playing in the space of the kitchen captures the perspective of one who spends much of their life in the kitchen. Filmed from a’Point-of-view’ or”subjective camera’ angle, the film documents the life of a woman from her perspective.

   Thus, viewers become voyeurs and take on the life of the invisible woman’s eyes, we are able to share in the process of cleaning, washing dishes, preparing tea, etc. We adopt the ordinary, domestic life of the female figure. Throughout the film, our role changes according to the scene and the situation. Through the  woman, we become a mother, a sister, and a wife. The repetitive, everyday domestic tasks and  role-changes become a means of understanding and experiencing the life of another.

   The first person narrative of the  film and the  recreation of the domestic space communicate by mimicking the  natural behavior space communicate by mimicking the natural behavior of moving and lookimg. We are consequentiy able to experience the life of an  individual, Azerbaijani woman. Her life is a singular experience that speaks universally. The clever use of the’subjective camera’ angle tells an individual’s story while simultaneously  conveying the emotional subtext of the invisible protagonist. What becomes clear in the countless tasks and multiple and multiple  roles we adopt thrugh the woman is that her life is a life lived for others.



22 Sep - 22 Oct 12

Opening: 19:00


Group Exhibtion, featuring Afet Bagirova, Aida Mahmudova, Ali Hasanov, Jemma Sattar, Faig Ahmed, Fakhriyya Mammadova, Farid Rasulov, Ilkin Huseynov, Leyla Aliyeva, Mahmud Rustamov, Mammad Rashidov, Niyaz Najafov, Orkhan Huseynov, Parviz Jafarov, Rashad Babayev, Rashad Alakbarov, Tarlan Gorchu, Vusal Rahim, Sitara Ibragimova and Isfar Sarabski.

From September 22nd until October 22nd YARAT Contemporary Art Space will present a new project dedicated to the theme of multiculturalism. As a new and forcefully emerging phenomenon, multiculturalism provokes extremely dissonant reactions that range from unreserved dismay to obscure expectations.

This new project promotes cooperation between nineteen artists and represents nineteen attitudes towards this issue that are fundamentally opposed to each other. The title of the project itself, Commonist, appeals to common sense, one broader than any political dimension. Commonist is not simply a citizen who holds leftist or rightist views on politics, but he is rather a cosmopolite who has to put up with the altered regulations of human coexistence. A cosmopolite adheres to panhuman virtues in his judgment.

There are many definitions of multiculturalism invented by politicians, sociologists, philosophers and writers. YARAT Contemporary Art Space proposes artistic interpretation of that huge and contradictory phenomenon that affects everyone. Each artist will offer his own definition of multiculturalism that holds positive or negative meaning for him or her. But there is always a big question mark remaining.

YARAT Contemporary Art Space was founded in 2011 by Aida Mahmudova. It is a non-profit organisation dedicated to nurturing an understanding of contemporary art in Azerbaijan and to creating a platform for Azerbaijani art, both nationally and abroad. Based in Baku, YARAT, (which means 'create' in Azerbaijani) carries out its mission through an on-going programme of exhibitions, educational events and festivals. YARAT facilitates dialogue and exchange between local and international artistic networks, including foundations, galleries and museums. A series of residencies further fosters opportunities for global cultural dialogue and partnerships.