Celebrated Azerbaijani artist Aida Mahmudova’s Liminality exhibition opens in London [PHOTO]


April 9, 2022 5:55 p.m. (UTC+04:00)


By Tendency

The personal exhibition Liminality by renowned Azerbaijani artist Aida Mahmudova has opened at the Gazelli Art House Gallery in London, the press service of the contemporary art space YARAT has reported. Tendency.

The curator of the exhibition is Alistair Hicks.

Considering the forgotten and marginal corners of her rapidly modernizing country, Mahmudova uses art as an outlet to provide a sense of stability to coexist in this unprecedented environment. Art does not give borders, but, on the contrary, opens to all communicational variations for the painter.

The concept of space is studied closely through the lens of the artist. As Mahmudova explains, “we exist in space, we coexist in parallel, and space exists within us.” Space can be a place where one physically or spiritually exists, creating the concept of one’s reality and one’s illusions.

Marc Augé’s concept of non-places explores the idea of ​​transition or liminality, as a crossroads of human relationships to what humans perceive but only partially and incoherently.

Aida Mahmudova explores the theme of the juxtaposition of private and public, places and non-places, spaces and non-spaces. Marc Augé’s concept of non-places explores the idea of ​​transition, non-spaces discouraging ‘settlement’ contrasting with the notion of ‘home’ and identity, where a paradox exists. While this space can be equally alienating to anyone, it can feel “comfortable” and “relational.”

By highlighting liminality, or threshold crossing, Aida Mahmudova explores spaces of transition and disorientation. Originally coined by Arnold Van Gennep, Rites of Passage in 1909, the notion that an individual’s life includes a series of three-stage transitions, separation, transition and return, where liminality is the transition. Liminality has both spatial and temporal dimensions and can apply to various subjects: individuals, communities, societies and entire civilizations. On the contrary, nature has a sense of stability, of timeless and open space, where Mahmudova regularly returns as a source of inspiration.

“It’s the artist and the medium. The endless relationship between me and the other is like a perpetual conversation. It requires total involvement from both sides. The act itself is the purest form of creation “This, in turn, gives you an opportunity to engage in authentic, unsupervised communication with unfolding perspectives. It connects and unites us in the present moment, yielding versatile, unpredictable and beautiful results,” she says.

About Gazelli Art House

Founded in 2010 by Mila Askarova, Gazelli Art House, London, is committed to bringing a fresh perspective to Mayfair by championing artists from all corners of the world, focusing on those at the peak of their practice, showcasing and contextualizing their work to new audiences. Along with sister gallery Baku, the gallery specializes in promoting art from Azerbaijan and its neighbors to better understand the rich linguistic, religious and historical ties that bind this geography. Since 2015, the gallery has expanded to support artists working in digital art through its online platform GAZELL.iO. More recently, in 2020, he established the GAZELL.iO Project Space and VR Library, the first permanent home dedicated to digital art in Mayfair.

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