Farkhad Farzaliyev

Azerbaijani, born 1989

Farkhad Farzaliyev

Azerbaijani, born 1989

Building installations from neon lights, textiles, and ready-made objects, Farkhad Farzaliyev creates art that raises questions rather than answers them. In the “Granny’s Vocabulary” series (2014), he mixes rough, Soviet-era textiles with neon signs depicting Cyrillic phrases popular among his grandparents’ generation. The Cyrillic alphabet was replaced by Turkic script after the independence of Azerbaijan from Soviet rule in 1991, so Farzaliyev’s series is centered on his nation’s history and the importance of language in contributing to identity and culture. Green Grass in the Sky Turned Blue (2015), a public billboard, similarly plays with linguistics, appropriating and manipulating marketing phrases with tongue twisters to investigate consumerism and reveal the absurdity and malleability of language.

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