Luca Beatrice and Amina Melikova stage a multifaceted portrait of Azerbaijani artistic production, focused on the themes of identity, migration and imagination

An introspective journey through the concepts of identity, migration and imagination. The ultimate meaning of the Azerbaijan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale can be summarized in this way.

Entitled "From Caspian To Pink Planet: I Am Here", co-edited by Luca Beatrice and Amina Melikova, it is in perfect line with the theme of the 60th art exhibition "Foreigners everywhere" and offers a multifaceted portrait of Azerbaijani artistic production, still little known internationally yet vibrant and extremely enterprising.

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“A quick visit to Baku was enough to understand the cultural and artistic effervescence of this ancient country, where contemporary architecture dialogues with history, technology and industry make very rapid accelerations andart becomes the mirror more faithfulthan this attitude projected towards the future”, explained an enthusiastic Beatrice.

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There will be three artists on stage, for as many visions. They are Vusala Agharaziyeva, Rashad Alakbarov and Irina Eldarova. Everyone, using different poetics, questions the meaning of feeling at home in an increasingly globalized world.

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Vusala Agharaziyeva, born in 1990, originally from Baku, with her painting "Pink Planet” transports the public into a surreal imagination, where enigmatic figures land on pink-hued lunar landscapes more or less shocking.

"Imagine landing on a completely unknown pink planet,” says Agharaziyeva. "How would you feel? This is what I want people to ask themselves when faced with my painting." The Azeri artist draws inspiration from her personal experiences and puts on canvas all the sense of disorientation and strangeness that accompanies the experience of migrating.

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Rashad Alakbarov, 45 years old, presents the installation "I Am Here": a labyrinth of white walls which, from different angles, compose the phrase "I am here".

A work that inevitably sheds light on that strange link that unites the individual and the places he inhabited, underlining how our identity is constantly evolving and depends on the perspective with which we approach the world.

"The place of birth is not just a point on the map," explains Alakbarov. "It is also a set of memories, experiences and cultures that shape us as people."

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Finally, Irina Eldarova, a sixty-nine-year-old Muscovite, thanks to the series of paintings "Girls Prefer Oilmen", created between 2013 and 2023, narrates an imaginary love story between an oil worker in the Caspian Sea and Marilyn Monroe. A surreal work full of symbolism that celebrates both the meeting between different cultures and the importance of hospitality, in an era dominated by intolerance.

But the exhibition project of the Azerbaijan Pavilion, designed at the Venetian atelier OSTUDIO, will not only respond to the theme of the Biennale, but will try to go beyond. The works on stage are in fact also an invitation to reconsider the concept of the foreigner, not as a threat, but as an opportunity for enrichment and comparison. Is there a more relevant message than this today? Probably not.