ALI HASANOV Born Baku, 1976 Lives and works Baku and Moscow
Ali Hasanov is an artist, musician and filmmaker who works on art projects in both Azerbaijan and abroad. He graduated from the Azerbaijani State University of Culture and Art and received a degree in filmmaking from Rustam Ibragimbekov's Baku International Film School. Since then, he has pioneered performance art in Azerbaijan and represented his country at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He is also the founder and leader of a musical collective called PG Large Used Project. Hasanov remains active in various genres such as visual and performance art, video and sound installations, as well as painting and drawing.
Selected group exhibitions and projects 2011 ‘On Soz’, Alternative Art Space, Baku ‘Takeaway/Prisoner’ and ‘The Great Caucasus’, performance installations, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia ‘Sonnet XXX / Initiation’, short film (7 min) (director and art director), Union of Cinematographers, Baku 2010 ‘Stems from the Drift’, short film (6 min) (director and art director), Union of Cinematographers, Baku 2009 ‘Think of the Radio’ and ‘Appointment’, video installations, DEPO, Istanbul ‘Cathedral Spy’ solo exhibition, Protvor Gallery, Saint Petersburg, Russia ‘Sentencia’, performance, Mars Gallery, Moscow 2007 ‘Air Mail’ video, Art Caucasus International Art Forum, Tbilisi ‘OMNIA MEA’, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice 2006 ‘Keelcoushe’, performance, Rogaland Art Centre, Stavanger, Norway ‘Art Caucasus’, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow ‘Keelcoushe’, performance, ‘East or West’ International Art Festival, Museum of Art, Die, France 2005 ‘A Memorable Unit’, performance, Museum Centre, Baku ‘Blood with Milk’, performance, French Cultural Centre, Baku 2002 ‘PG Large Used Project’ and ‘Fridarumental 8000th Probe’, musical project, Gender+Theatre Music Art Festival, R. Beybutov Song Theatre, Baku 1999 ‘Sex 2000’, Art Manege, Moscow Air Paws performance, Baku Art Centre, Baku 1998 ‘The Brain of a Galapagos Tortoise’, performance, Benevolent Foundation for Aesthetic Development, Baku
A graduate of the Azimzadeh State Art College and Azerbaijan State
crawling into a black robe. It was a tragic image of a ‘Spider Man’,
University of Culture and Art in Baku, Ali Hasanov was known as the
gasping in a narrow space, and saving himself by embracing his
brash nonconformist even back in his student years, and has since
own identity, by finding a way out of an amorphous dark structure.
become known as a man who thinks outside the box. Hasanov is also
This piece symbolizes the path of Azerbaijan in its struggle for
interested in poetry, rock music and film direction. He became the
first performance artist to practice in Azerbaijan and he is a member of the creative association Wings of Time. His work can often be seen
Similar motifs resonate through the performance work illustrated
at the Museum Centre of Azerbaijan and has been exhibited both
here, Scatterheart. Here also, the language of body movement and
in Azerbaijan (Baku and Ganja), and abroad in Russia, Georgia,
music merges into a laconic installation, illustrating the path
France, Norway, Greece and Italy.
to freedom. But this time it is the path of a creative soul, which, escapes the confines of a certain core, of a ‘shelter’ (by destroying it),
Hasanov was among the artists who represented Azerbaijan at the
and searches for its place in the surrounding world to find its own
Venice Biennale in 2007. His performance art showed a creature
niche and to fit into it.