YARAT presents the collective exhibition SAFEZONE [PHOTO]

YARAT presents the collective exhibition SAFEZONE [PHOTO]

By Laman Ismayolova

YARAT Contemporary Art Space presented a group exhibition SAFEZONE, reports Azernews.

The collective exhibition brought together young and talented artists Lali Binyatova, Nadir Eminov, Islam Hasanalizada, Katya Igoshina, Parviz Kazimli, Leylakhanim Ganbarli, Ilkin Guliyev, Maxim Tatarintsev.

The opening ceremony took place at the ARTIM Project Space.

The inspiration for the exhibition comes from the concept developed by Michel Foucault in his conference “Other spaces: utopias and heterotopias” (1967). Heterotopia (hetero-other, topos – places) is described as a particular contradictory and transforming space within the space considered as “other”.

According to Michel Foucault, utopias are sites that basically have no real place and represent society in its ideal form. However, certain places are contrary to utopias: “probably in every culture, in every civilization, real places — places which exist and which are formed in the very foundation of society — which are something like counter-sites, a kind of places actually staged”. Utopia”.

One of the categories is “heterotopia of crisis”, which speaks of spaces reserved for members of a society who may be in a state of crisis. In this context, the gallery space is represented as a heterotopia for the artists. Trying to find an anchor in the current crisis, the artists build imaginaries to recover the present by exploring their own intimate stories. They use the artistic medium as a tool for expression, reflection and catharsis.

In the shared uncertainty and growing threat to security, notions of shelter and home have acquired ephemeral characteristics: people lose the roof over their heads in the blink of an eye.

SAFEZONE explores ambivalent notions of home and shelter, referring to a place between reality and a parallel utopia that artists interpret in different contexts, such as memory, displacement, purification, virtuality and time. .

They offer various forms of refuge, either in a physical place or far beyond, becoming intermediaries in “safe zones”.

The exhibition will last until February 5, 2023.

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