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Biography & CV

 

b. 1987, Ganja, Azerbaijan

He lives and works in Baku

Vusal Rahim is a multidisciplinary, multimedia artist and performer. Trained as a theater designer, he studied in the department of Theatre and Decorative Design at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts in the workshop of People’s Artist Kamil Najafzadeh from 2007 to 2011. He chiefly works in painting, graphic art, decorative theatre and stage design, video art, photography and sculpture, often involved in more than one medium simultaneously, with numerous different techniques.
In his art work, Vusal expresses a unique perspective on figurative images, using the human form as his inspiration. Through this lens, he analyzes social expectations and gender roles, illuminating things which are often buried deep within the cultural memory. Through the embodied form, both individually and together as families, he confronts major life questions about culture, identity, gender and societal values. He illuminates the friction between spoken and unspoken taboos, and through his work invites viewers to examine their own agency within their culture.
Key features of his style are the deconstruction of human images and their unconventional reconstruction using a large and imaginative palette. Viewers of his works are challenged to consider how we take the human form for granted and how changes in form and colour can introduce vastly different impressions and suggestions about people as individuals and in social groups. His education and continued involvement in theatrical costume and stage design can be seen in his work through the application of vivid colour and deliberate, confident lines, that give his paintings a starkly dramatic, theatrical look. 

 

 Personal Exhibitions 

25.01-11.02-2018  "NURCAN" / Yarat / at the ARTIM Project Space / curator Anna Fech / Baku, Azerbaijan

15-18.05.2017  "MY NAME IS SARAH" /ADO Theatre-Collective / Baku, Azerbaijan

14.06-14.07.2013 "BLACK WOMAN" / YAY! Gallery  /  curator Aida Mahmudova / Baku, Azerbaijan

Duet Exhibitions

2019 “Canlı” performans- presents Sıtara Ibrahimova and Vusal Rahim /Ta(r)dino 6 Art Platfrom and Var Yox Platfrom / curator Lesley Gray / Baku, Azerbaijan

2018 presents Vusal Rahim and Gunel Ravilova ''Asli and Karam Apartment N9'' / curator Vusal Rahim / Baku, Azerbaijan

22 May – 17 July 2015 presents Caitlin Aasen (St. Louis) and Vusal Rahim (Baku) DUET Gallery / curator Lana Sokolova and Daniel Mak Grat / St. Louis, USA

2014 “Blue Background”, presents Vusal Rahim and Ramal Kazimov / YAY Gallery /  Baku, Azerbaijan

Group Exhibitions

2019 Off the Velvet Chest traveling group exhibition of Extension series with. Triumph Gallery. / curator Asli Samedova Moscow, Russia

2019 The 6 th Baku Biennial of Contempary Art “Aluminium” The Values in Our Lives / curator Dilara Vagabova / Baku, Azerbaijan

2019 Video Art From Azerbaijan “Maiden Tower”. To Be a Woman / curator Sabina ShikhlinskayaBaku, Azerbaijan

2019  Contemporary İstanbul Ta(r)dino 6 Art Platfrom booth at Art Spaces section of Contemporary İstanbul / curator Asli Samedova  / İstanbul, Turkey

2019  “Dağlanın  Başı” Art Residens Khinalig VarYox  / Khinalig, Azerbaijan

2019 To Be a Woman / TAF • Tbilisi Art Fair / curator Sabina Shikhlinskaya / Tbilisi, Georgia

2019 A Doll’s House group exhibition / Kapellhaus, Projects of Goethe-Institut in Azerbaijan  / curator Alfons Hug and Asli Samedova / Baku, Azerbaijan

2017 “4 exhibitions” / Yarat / at the ARTIM Project Space / curator Anna Fech / Baku, Azerbaijan

16-30.09.2017 “Urban Olum” Art Prospect Public Art Festival / Baku, Azerbaijan

2016 “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND ME” experimental performance. /Yarat / at the ARTIM Project Space / curator Anna Fech / Baku, Azerbaijan

24-27.05.2016 .Nakhcivan III International Art Festival / Nakhcivan Azerbaijan

2015 “Candy mountains and oil coasts” Exhibition of modern Azerbaijani art held in Perm / curator Farhad Farzaliyev / Perm, Russia

2015 International PLATONOV ARTS FESTIVAL  / curator Tamara Tsyganova / Voronezh, Russia

2014 BACARART project / YARAT! Contemporary Art Space  / Baku. Azerbaijan

2013 Art action "The Circle of Peace" / Tbilisi, Georgia

16-20.06. 2013 II International "From Waste to Art" Gala archeological and ethnographic museum / Baku, Azerbaijan

2013 “Home, sweet home...” / YARAT! Contemporary Art Space, Azerbaijan Cultural Center Paris / Paris, France

2012 Opening Ceremony of Azerbaijan Cultural Center in Paris / Paris, France

2012 “Commonist” Contemporary Art Exhibition, / YARAT! Contemporary Art Space / curator Aida Mahmudova / Baku, Azerbaijan

2012 “Energy of Art" /  Baku, Azerbaijan

2012 IV International Symposium on Turkic Culture, Art and Cultural Heritage / Milan, Italy

2011 “Iz” (“Trace”), Azerbaijan National Museum of History / curator Vusal Rahim /  Baku, Azerbaijan

2008-2009 Exhibition on theater decorative design and painting / curator Vusal Rahim / Baku,Azerbaijan 

Stage and decorative design experience

2019 "I Am ... I" Mystic-Psychological Drama / Azerbaijan State Yug Theater / Director-producer: Mehriban Alekbazade Art Director. Vusal Rahim (stage and costume design) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2019 "İnspiration Through Art" Dance and music concert / "Danceability Azerbaijan" Inclusive Dance Company / Heydar Aliyev Center-stage. / Director-producer: Nigar Ibrahimbayli. Art Director Vusal Rahim (stage and costume design) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2019 "Paris Notre-Dame" / Azerbaijan State Academic Music Theater / Director-producer: Samir Gulamov. Art Director Vusal Rahim. (stage design) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2019 An excerpt from the  "Year of the Nasimi" anterprise of " Sirri Ənəlhəqq / ESA Inclusive Theater / Director-producer: Nihad Gulamzade. Art Director Vusal Rahim. (stage and costume design) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2019 Solo concert of Elsa Seyidcahan "Like You" / Heydar Aliyev Palace - Stage / Art Director Vusal Rahim. (costume design) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2019 "Adventures of the Golden Key or Buration" / Azerbaijan State Musical Theater / Director-producer: Elmadin Dadashov. Art Director Vusal Rahim. (stage design) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2018 "New Year's Adventures of the Jirtdan" / Azerbaijan State Musical Theater / Director-producer: Ayla Osmanova. Art Director Vusal Rahim. (stage and costume design) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2018 ""Three versions of an assassinated murder"" . Azerbaijan State Yug Theatre. Director-producer: Mehriban Alekbazade. Art Director Vusal Rahim.( stage and costume designer) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2018 "Paris exploded" ESA theater / On the stage of the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. Director: Elshan Asgarov. Art Director Vusal Rahim. (stage and costume designer) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2018 "Nuri-dide Ceyhun" . Azerbaijan State Musical Theatre. Director-producer: Mehriban Alekbazade. Art Director Vusal Rahim. ( stage and costume designer) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2014 Charles Peron "Sleeping Beauty and the Dwarves" musical . Azerbaijan State Musical Theatre. Director-producer: Elshad Rahimzade. Art Director Vusal Rahim. ( stage and costume designer) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2014 "Golden Wedding" Operetta , Azerbaijan State Musical Theatre. Director-producer: Joseph Akbarov. Art Director Vusal Rahim. ( stage designer)/ Baku, Azerbaijan

2013 “ASHKHASH” performance based on a play by Abdulla Shaig. Joint art project by Baku Children’s Theater and “MIRAS” Support to Cultural Heritage Study Public Union implemented on the stage of Baku Children’s Theater. Director-producer: Intigam Soltan. Art Director Vusal Rahim. ( stage and costume designer) / Baku, Azerbaijan

2013 “Impostures of Scapeni” by Jean Baptiste Moliere. A comedy in two acts. 103-rd theatrical season. A performance by Azerbaijan State Theater of Comedy on the stage of Samed Vurgun Russian Drama Theater. Director-producer: Asgar Asgarov. Art Director Vusal Rahim. ( stage and costume designer) / Baku, Azerbaijan 

2012 Celebration of 140-th anniversary of Mammad Said Ordubadi. A concert on the stage of Muslim Magomayev Baku Philharmonic. Director-producer: Asgar Asgarov. Art Director Vusal Rahim ( stage designer ) / Baku, Azerbaijan

Filmography

2013 "Stolen Dreams" serial sections 1.2.3.4.5.6. Director-producer: Osman Albayrak, Art director: Vusal Rahim  / Azerbaijan,Baku

2011-2012 “A flower in mist”. 13-part TV series featuring Azeri and Turkish actors. Public Television of Azerbaijan. Art director of 6-13 series: Director-producer: Mehmet Ulukan, Art director: Vusal Rahim, Sabuhi Atababayev / Baku, Azerbaijan