Born in Lerik (AZ), lives in Paris (FR).
Babi Badalov (°1959) was born in the Azerbaijan city of Lerik. After completing his studies at the Art Academy, he moves to Leningrad, today's St. Petersburg, where he lives until 1990. He is active in the semi-official art scene of the city and becomes a member of the independent artists group ‘Association of Experimental Visual Art' (TEII). As part of this group, he participates in various art expositions, both in Russia and other countries. Badalov currently lives in Paris.
The work of Badalov balances between visual art and poetry. He effectively presents his work as 'visual poetry', in which he uses painting, installations and performance, just as much as experimental and improvised literary formats. The mixture of different languages and orthographic systems, and the combination of words and pictures, is characteristic for his work in all these genres.
Badalov focuses on an exploration of the limits of language, as well as the limitations that it imposes on its users. People that lead nomadic lives – artists, but also economic migrants and political refugees – will experience both the battle and the advantages of cultural adaptation, while they can also become a prisoner of the language. Badalov plays with such situations, thereby alluding to broader geopolitical questions.
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I am Euromental
Babi Badalov, I am Euromental, 2015. Installation, 27 sheets, ink on cotton, variable dimensions.
VOAIZOVA (War is over)
Babi Badalov, VOAIZOVA (War is over), 2010. Installation, glass, pens, paper, sketchbook, 20 x 20 x 3 cm.
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LATT: Europe at Large #5 ...
21 May 2010 - 04 July 2010.
Since the collapse of the USSR, the European horizon in that direction has remained limited to Russia. We know very little about what is happ
EURASIA − A Landscape of ...
08 October 2021 - 23 January 2022.
Alighiero Boetti, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Babi Badalov, Basir Mahmood, C. K. Rajan, Cevdet Erek, Damian Le Bas, Deimantas Narkevičius, Elena Voro
When Faith Moves Mountains
17 July 2022 - 09 October 2022.
This project was set up differently from a classic exhibition; the working method was rather activist, whereby a 'coalition of the willing' s
Worth Fighting For
14 November 2022 - 14 December 2022.
Worth Fighting For The Ukrainian fight is about the survival of a nation and its right to exist – politically, militarily, econom
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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public