Babi Badalov

Babi Badalov, born 1959, Lerik, Azerbaijan, lives and works in Paris. Badalov is a visual artist and poet who 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. Language is the essential material of his work. He is interested in its limits and its ability to isolate the individual from the rest of the society. Badalov uses language to contemplate the current geo-political situation, relating it to his personal experiences of migration through countries of the former Soviet Union, the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. His drawings, collages and ornamental poetry manifest the cultural, historical and ideological overlapping of our globalised world. His visual poetry often takes the form of a diary, created daily through a combination of his own linguistic research and manipulated pictorial material, mainly with political content. Badalov’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; MUSAC, León; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kunstraum München, Munich. Group exhibitions include those at MOCAK, Krakow; Kunstmuseum Bern; New Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; MANIFESTA 8; 11th Gwangju Biennale; 6th Moscow Biennale; 15th Jakarta Biennale, and 1st Thessaloniki Biennale.