Когда я um.ru, ко мне доступа не будет *
Curator Azad Asifovich
15.11.2017 - 7.01.2018
Babi Badalov was born in 1959 in Lerik, Azerbaijan. He has lived and worked in Paris since 2008.
In the 1980s, he moved to Leningrad where he discovered an alternative Russian art scene. In 1990, he
participated in the exhibition “New St. Petersburg artists” at gallery Műcsarnok (Budapest), and the
following year he held his first solo exhibition in Oregon. Travelling and a migrant status in the United
States of America and the United Kingdom became one of the themes of his artistic practice.
Babi Badalov’s “Visual Poetry” was presented at 11th Gwangju biennial (2016), at the Moscow Biennial
of Contemporary Art (2015), at Manifesta 8 (2010). His solo exhibitions include such projects as To
Make Art To Take Clothes Off at MUSAC – museum cont. art Leon, Spain (2017), For the Wall For the
World at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016), Partisanism at Tensta Konsthall, Stokholm (2016), MIGRANT
POETRY at La Station, Nice, France (2015). His works are in the collections of the Russian Museum in
Saint Petersburg (Russia), the Museum of Contemporary Art MuHKA in Antwerp (Belgium), the
Zimmerli Art Museum (New Jersey, USA).
With his solo exhibition at Galerie Iragui, Babi Badalov will present an autobiographical narrative.
Based on his personal life history, the artist in a new way interprets his ties with Russia and local
context as well as his multilingual, multicultural and multi-IDEOLOGICAL past.
Using the individual method, Babi Badalov in his practice explores language as a medium and creates
linguistic poetry built on visual, semantic and conceptual similarity.
Babi Badalov will create an in-situ work in mixed media technique and will also make an installation of
the works on fabric made specifically for this project. The exposition will also introduce a series of
collages made specifically for this exhibition.
- Which means « When I’ll die, there will be no access to me». Important to notice that in russian "umru" with a point
between um and ru, is transformed into UM ( knowledge in russian ) .RU (domain name for webpages hosted in Russia)
Born 1959, Lerik, Azerbaijan, lives in Paris
As a visual artist, poet he expresses his ideas through visual poetry, art objects, installations and live performances. He also
experiments with words and writes obscure poetry, mixing languages and images of different cultures. Babi Badalov’s work
often is dedicated to linguistic explorations researching the limits of language and the borders it imposes upon its users and
based on his personal experience of linguistic inconveniences while travelling. In foreign countries, we often come across
words written in the same alphabet as ours, but with different meaning, sound or pronunciation. His visual poetry often
takes the form of a diary, created every day through a combination of his ownlinguistic research of manipulated pictorial
material, mainly with political content. The nomad life of an artist (or traveler, migrant, refugee) does not only cause him or
her a struggling adaptation period of cultural integration, but can primarily turn him or her into a prisoner of language.
Badalov’s projects play with this kind of linguistic notions in order to emphasize larger geo-political questions.