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Unique photo exhibition opens at YAY Gallery.

By Laman Ismayilova

A group exhibition "Structure. Function. Change"solemnly has opened at YAY Gallery on October 18.

The exhibition features works by talented Azerbaijani photographers, including Huseyn Huseynzade, Asiyat Fatullayeva, Elnur Babayev, Ilkin Huseynov, Emil Khalilov,Sevinj Aslanova, Fakhriyya Mammadova, Orkhan Aslanov, Nana Rahimova, Sergey Khrustalyov, NatavanVahabova andJavidan Akhundov.

Theexhibitionaroused great interest amongviewers.The art works were highly appreciated by art connoisseur.

The photographs explorespecific surroundings as multi-layered dynamic systems. The camera lens aims to understand subjects of interest trough metrics such as structure, function and change. Structure defines the spatial relationship among the elements, function - the interaction among the features and change - the alteration in structure and function. These metrics, which pretend to capture the environment in a seemingly objective way, can also be applied on the content level discovering paradoxical moments lying within.

Works of Huseyn Huseynzadereflect the Soviet times when people had to function in the centralized system. A series of photographers is presented on the first floor.

We see humans as a structure, as a wheel that keeps the whole mechanism running. Likewise, Asiyat Fatullayeva includes her humansinto her compositions like anonymous puzzles, which, while indefinite, nevertheless hold together the whole edifice. But what happens when the system, the structure collapses?

Ilkin Huseynov analyses in his series "Shared Waters" the conflicts that arose from divided waterways and unclear demarcations after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

Failed Intentions is the set called by Javidan Akhundov, who showcasesthe technical errors and disfunctions (overexposure, film tear), which make the motif unrecognizable.The moment of change also became the fate of the working-class family, whose modest living circumstances Natavan Vahabova documented in her series, as their aristocratic ancestors were expropriated by the Soviet regime.

The photographsby Emil Khalilov, Sevinj Aslanova, Fakhriyya Mammadova, Elnur Babayev, Nana Rahimova, Huseyn Huseynzade, Orkhan Aslanov and Sergey Khrustalyov are presented on the second floor.

Their works explore subtle harmony of surfaces, structures and relations as well. However, in contrast to the ground floor, the imagery does not seem to be taken from everyday life and does not describe concrete situations anymore. The photographs show enigmatic abstract scenes that stage the ephemeral, the dreamy and the romantic. They put us in landscapes of memory, projections, introspection, which leave room for our own imagination and seem to be far from the harsh reality and remind us how everything and everyone are subject to the course and change of time.

The exhibition will last until November 30. The curators includeAsiyat Fatullayeva, Lana Sokolova, Anna Fech. Admission is free.

The event is co-organized by YAY Gallery in partnership with ArtFaktor.

Opening hours:12:00-20:00 (except Monday)

For more information, please contact:

+994 12 505 2323

Address:Icheri Sheher, 5, Kichik Gala str.

Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews' staff journalist, follow her on Twitter:@Lam_Ismayilova

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Date:Oct 22, 2018
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