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 5th 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 has gained since 2011 a political refugee status, before obtaining French nationality in 2018.
Organized in collaboration with curators Sasha Pevak and Thomas Conchou, the exhibition brings together a hundred works on fabric that Babi Badalov has created in the continuity of his "ornamental poetry" body of works, all produced in his Goutte d’Or studio in Barbès-Rochechouart (Paris). His work environment is partly reconstructed within the exhibition, gathering ancient sculptural and graphic works, recalling the practice he began to develop in the 90s in Saint Petersburg. As part of the underground Russian scene called The New Artists, Badalov produced joyful and rebellious calligraphy paintings that drew from his own activism practices and political views. Displaying engagement and violent accuracy towards their times, his new paintings are presented alongside archives and objects that bear witness of the creative process of the artist.
images courtesy of Galerie Jérôme Poggi