“It’s the artist and the medium. The never-ending relationship between me and the other resembles perpetual conversation. It takes full involvement from both sides. The act itself is the purest form of creation.
This, in turn, gives you a unique opportunity to engage in authentic and unguarded communication with unfolding perspectives. It connects and unites us in the moment of now, giving versatile, unpredictable and beautiful outcomes.”
Aida Mahmudova's works has been exhibited internationally and uses a variety of techniques and media. Despite a varied practice, the artist’s main focus remains her exploration of material as a tool for experimenting with and navigating the world she inhabits.
Early on in her work, Mahmudova developed a curiosity towards material, which manifested itself through experimentation with light, color and matter in her landscapes and semi-abstract canvases. As her paintings became increasingly more layered the artist expanded her practice into the three dimensional, applying the same approach to sculpture and creating environments both emotive and intense. The artist continually mixes layer upon layer of widely diverse material, such as paper, clay, paint, cement, stone, and, more recently, epoxy resin and untreated marble. These materials take on an almost human quality for the artist as she explores the ways in which they connect, interact and affect one another. Deeply intuitive, the artist uses these experiments as tools for her own material growth and emotional healing.
For Mahmudova the process is everything and her textured works act as tokens of memory, each layer exposing a particular moment on the artist's personal time-space continuum.
Harmonious with the physical nature of her chosen materials and her preferred earthly palette, Mahmudova’s oeuvre continues to invoke the full spectrum of universal human sentiments of love, loss, memory and desire.
Aida Mahmudova is an Azerbaijani artist and founder of YARAT Contemporary Art Space (Baku). She holds a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design (London).
In 2011, Aida Mahmudova founded YARAT as a hub for supporting work of young artists both locally and internationally. After many years of successful operation and international programming, YARAT now boasts 3 exhibition spaces in Baku with dynamic, commission-based programming by leading international, regional, and Azerbaijani artists, as well as an Artist Residency programme and an array of Public and Educational Programs and Events.
Selected works, Contemporary Art Advisors, Parallel Vienna, Lassallestrasse, Vienna, Austria
Landscaped, Slovenská filharmónia, Bratislava, Slovakia
Landscaped, Azerbaijan's Culture Center, Vienna, Austria
Desert As It Is, Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, OAE
Internal Peace, Barbarian Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Internal Peace, Kichik GalArt Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
Solo exhibition, in collaboration with pianist Murad Adigezalzadeh, devoted to the 120th jubilee of Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan
First Solo Exhibition, Q Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
Art Dubai, Gazelli Art House Booth, Madinat Jumeirah Conference & Events Centre, Dubai, UAE
Fogs turned into epic story in my head, YARAT Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
Живопись, Baku Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Baku, Azerbaijan
Starry Skies, Traveling exhibition, Azerbaijan regions
Bodily Landscapes, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
Her shey qayidacaq, Gazelli Art House, London, UK
Between the Sea and Mountains, YAY Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan
300 Words on Resistance, YARAT Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
Art Dubai, YAY Gallery Stand F8, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
Art Paris Fair, YAY Gallery Booth G6, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Meeting Point, Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Making Histories, YARAT Permanent Collection Exhibition,
YARAT Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
Vita Vitale, National Pavilion of Azerbaijan, at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Candy Mountains and Oil Coasts, exhibition of Azerbaijan artists,
PERMM Museum of Modern Art, Perm, Russia
Here Today, The Old Sorting Office, London, UK
Poetics of The Ordinary, Azerbaijan Pavillion, Vienna Fair the New Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Exploring Inward, exhibition in frame Buta Festival,
Louise Blouin Foundation, London, United Kingdom
Christie’s Off White contemporary art auction to benefit The Naked Heart Foundation, Cosmoscow modern art fair, Moscow Manege, Moscow, Russia
Love Me Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
Love Me Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Collateral Event for the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Home Sweet Home, Azerbaijan Cultural Center, Paris, France
Territory of the wind, open air sculpture museum, Garadagh, Baku, Azerbaijan
Home Sweet Home, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Baku, Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan: The colors Of Wind and Fire, Imago Mundi Benetton Collection, book and exhibition, Gallerie delle Prigioni, Treviso, Italy
Fly to Baku. Contemporary art from Azerbaijan. Travel exhibition series. Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan; Kunsthistorisches museum – Neue Burg, Vienna, Austria; Spazio D – MAXXI building National Museum of XXI Century arts, Rome, Italy; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia; me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany; Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, France; Howick Place – Phillips de Pury & Company, London, UK
012 Baku Public Art Festival, organised by YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan
Commonist, YARAT’s alternative art space, Baku, Azerbaijan
Merging Bridges, International Group Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
Foreword, YARAT’s alternative art space, Baku, Azerbaijan
The Land Of Fire, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan, Hotel d’ Evreux, Paris, France
Maiden Tower, 1st International Festival of Arts, Baku, Azerbaijan