De More Cry Sea by Babi Badalov
solo exhibition from March to May, 2018
at Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris (FR)
Galerie Jérôme Poggi is pleased to present the fifth solo exhibition in France of Azeri artist and poet Babi Badalov (born in 1959, in Lerik). Living and working in Paris since 2008, Babi Badalov gained political refugee status in 2011, before obtaining French nationality in 2018.
Organised in collaboration with curators Sasha Pevak and Thomas Conchou, the exhibition brings together a hundred works on fabric that Babi Badalov has created as part of his “ornamental poetry” body of works, all produced at his Goutte d’Or studio in Barbès-Rochechouart (Paris). His working environment is partly reconstructed within the exhibition, drawing together old sculptural and graphic works, recalling the practice he started developing in the 1990s in Saint Petersburg. As part of the underground Russian scene known as The New Artists, Badalov produced joyful and rebellious calligraphy paintings that drew on his own activism practices and political views. Demonstrating commitment and a fiercely accurate sense of the zeitgeist, his new paintings are presented alongside archives and objects that bear witness to the artist’s creative process.
images courtesy of Galerie Jérôme Poggi