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“Nurcan” video installation, photo art , performance Vusal Rahim 2018 (1 video, 19:49 min. each)


The solo exhibition by Vusal Rahim “Nurcan” 2018 Vusal Rahim will perform the project of a black wedding that aims to raise attention to the problematic issue of child marriages. The title of the exhibition “NURCAN” relates to the girl’s name that plays the role of the artist’s bride. She is the daughter of the activist Aynur Cavid, who fights against forced marriages of minors. Her poetry, written on the walls, will form the background of the performance scenery. The project consists of three parts, in which the announcement and preparation of the wedding forms the first, the wedding performance the second and post-wedding process the third part. The performance reflects on different local traditions of the wedding ceremony such as the arrival of 
the groom to the bride’s house, national dance, greeting ceremonies, different rituals held by the relatives. The day after the wedding the exhibition space turns into the couple’s house, were the visitor can see the photographs and wedding video taken during the performance. The ceremony performed in black allocates the event to a funeral as the project is inspired by a recent bride murder incident of a 16-year old girl. When her Russian mother died, the father brought her to Azerbaijan, where she got soon engaged to a 32-years old man. At the wedding night the spouse claimed that she was not a virgin anymore and killed her in the bedroom.

The implementation of this project supports social work to increase sensitivity to the topic of early marriages, explaining the importance of this problem to the society as well as establishing a virtual discussion platform. Despite it is against the law forcing someone under the age of 18 into marriage, an average of 3,500 babies are born each year to girls aged 15-17 in Azerbaijan. Causes of early marriages are diverse and include poverty, the fear of remaining unmarried, social pressures and costumes, insecurity or financial advantages. Women married in their teens struggle with an increase of birth complications, social isolation, limited possibilities of education and suffer more likely from domestic violence and marital rape