Biennale Arte 2022 / Born To Love

Emin Mammadov

Divine Perfection

Are we living a real-life, or is our world just a well-crafted simulation, and we are just lines in a computer code, zeros, and ones? Someone more intelligent than us, more advanced and technologically superior to our civilisation, has created this whole world, the universe - by accident, as an experiment, or perhaps for fun.

This year for the 59th Biennale of contemporary art, the Azerbaijan Pavilion is proud to present Born to Love, the fascinating exhibition of works by seven Azerbaijani contemporary female artists that draws on the phenomenon of the Infinite Consciousness of the Universe. The number of the participants isn’t occasional at all.

Since the dawn of time, the number 7 has had a special place, it fascinates and intrigues. This number is also a particularly strong beneficial and protective symbol. Its mystical aspect opened the door to many beliefs and superstitions. Often considered a sacred number, the number 7 bears within it something spiritual, eternal. And also, there is the direct line connecting the participants with the Seven Beauties by the outstanding Azerbaijani philosopher and thinker Nizami Ganjavi (the last year was declared A Year of Nizami Ganjavi in Azerbaijan). The plot of the poem is based on the legend of the Sassanid Shah Bahram Ghur (420 - 439). Almost half of the entire poem consists of seven stories of Bahram’s wives - queens who live in seven palaces, each of which, according to ancient mythology, is dedicated to a planet and a day of the week and has a corresponding colour. And every “palazzo” of each of the participants reflects the deep philosophy of this literature masterpiece.

In installation of Zhuk the water element is used as the environment that is the basis of the birth of mankind, starting with the womb of the mother.

The art of Infinity immerses us into ocean, where the pearls of perception and wisdom can be ours to hold and reclaim. Her project is driven from a need to be one with the essence of nature and the world in which we live.

Ramina Saadatkhan while bringing together various aesthetics and styles combines collage pop-art techniques with abstract expressionism elements.

Fidan Kim in her project reflects the evolution of mankind, the relationship of man with animals and the basic principle of life, which is and that is survival of the fittest. Man's struggle with himself as well as with the environment. And that at the moment protecting the environment, animals in particular, is a top priority for all of us.

The sculpture figure by Fidan Akhundova reflect the different stages of the woman life. We don't know what awaits the woman who takes that step, the leap into the unknown. The journey ahead is full of doubts and difficulties, but it is a more conscious and free one.

Sabiha Khankishiyeva with her project - everything around us, from our environment to the smallest cells in our body, is made up of many repeating elements. In science, this is called fractal geometry. And therefore, we cannot deny the connection between our subconsciousness, consciousness and this world. Even the human eye loves to find this symmetry in which all harmony is manifested.

By her pictures of the life around, every object or moment of which not only fixed by camera, but full of hidden meaning Agdes Baghirzade tries to bring us closer to the divine perfection.

Man is a being who is constantly searching for himself and who at every moment of his existence tests and re-examines the conditions of his own existence. In this critical attitude toward one's own life lies its real value.

The only thing that matters to man is the inner installation of the soul, the inner principle, the privilege of man and his first duty, understood in a broad sense, which has not only a moral but also a universal metaphysical basis.

Man knows the world through the senses: sight, touch, hearing... But can we be sure of what we feel? Can we be sure that a dream is really a dream, and that upon awakening we will find the "real" reality and not another dream?

Emin Mammadov
Curator of the Pavilion