RASHAD BABAYEV Read biography


Rashad Babayev is a painter and installation artist whose varied artistic practice calls upon beliefs and symbols to create works, or by exploring colour in his abstract compositions. For the 55th Venice Biennale, Babayev brings a real fig tree to recreate the symbolic attachment many have to the ‘Tree of Wishes’ – such trees are found in Ashperon, Azerbaijan, to which many hundreds of scarves representing individual wishes, are secured to each year.

In this exhibition, Babayev’s installation critiques this ritual through attaching designer- branded scarves, to imply the materialist wishes increasingly prevalent in the country. Select exhibitions include Fly To Baku, London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Rome (2012–2013), Commonist, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan and Merging Bridges, Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbajian (2012). Rashad Babayev lives and works in Baku, Azerbaijan.