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Aidan Salakhova

Born in 1964 - Russian Federation

BIOGRAPHY

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Aidan Salakhova marries Eastern Islamic with Western feminist influences, combining her Azerbaijani background with her Eastern European upbringing. Her “Persian Miniatures” series explores the feminine identity in an Islamic context.Missing elements carry as much weight as those that are visualized. Feminine figures are delicately portrayed, with the male presence noticeably absent. The drawings are flat and their subjects anonymous, rendering them interchangeable
and representational. Her execution traces back to Persian miniatures from which the series takes its name. Her selection of this style is fitting, as Persian miniatures historically were private books, allowing artists to express themselves more freely than they would with more public wall art. Although these are typically executed in vibrant, vivid colors, Salakhova’s miniatures are more somber, as though carrying the strength and the weight of their subjects. Highly semiotic, Salakhova’s work plays on the capability of representative imagery to represent a multitude of meanings, primary among which is women’s position within established social conventions. Her symbols are far from mundane, featuring images such as the gourd, a womb-like symbol of fertility. Also recurring is the minaret symbol, representing faith and power, as well as unity given its function as the location of the call to prayer. Water, a symbol of purity and life across a number of civilizations and religions is also an expression of tears as the inner emotional sea.

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EXHIBITIONS

Selected Exhibitions
2013
Kandinsky Prize 2013 nominees - Udarnik, Moscou
Dreams For Those Who Are Awake - Moscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, Moscou
2011
Artisartisart - Moscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, Moscou
Women’s Nano - Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, Moscou
Role Models (Role Playing) - Rudolf Budja Galerie / Artmosphere Salzburg, Salzburg
Biennale di Venezia - 54th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Venise
Of women´s modesty and anger - Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Bruxelles
2010
History of Russian Video Art. Volume 3 - Moscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, Moscou
The Gender History of Art in the Post-Soviet Space: 1989–2009 - Moscow museum of modern art - MMOMA, Moscou
Futurologia - Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscou
2009
Kicik Qualart, Baku, Azerbaijan
2008
Persian miniatures. XL-Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2007
Red. Project of Yves Saint Laurent. State Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Persian

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