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Founder of YARAT Contemporary Art Space Aida Mahmudova among Most Influential Women in Central Asian and Caucasian Art

Aida Mahmudova, the founder of YARAT Contemporary Art Space has been included in the list of the Most Influential Women in Central Asian and Caucasian Art, one of the leading art and cultural websites reported.

Along with Aida Mahmudova, the list includes Mila Askarova, founder and director of London’s Gazelli Art House, artists Aza Shade, Almagul Menlibayeva, Annya Sand, Sara Raza, Gayane Umerova and Natalya Dyu.

The website presents full information about Aida Mahmudova’s art programs: “Not content with being a prominent artist, 32-year-old Aida Mahmudova is also one of Azerbaijan’s most important contemporary art movers and shakers. In 2011, she founded YARAT, the country’s best-known non-profit art space, the aim of which, says Mahmudova, is to support Azeri artists and to identify international platforms with which these artists can work. Master classes, UK-Azerbaijan exchange programs, solo and group exhibitions all contribute to the development of the country’s art scene.

Since her first European solo show in 2013, Mahmudova herself has continued to make work that meshes various media, reflecting on modern Azerbaijan through a wash of nostalgia. As the niece of the current First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mahmudova splits her time between Baku and London, sparking connections between Central Asia and the international commercial art scene.”



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