SANAN ALESKEROV Born Baku, 1956 Lives and works Baku
Sanan Aleskerov graduated with a degree in journalism from Azerbaijan State University in 1982. He worked with scientific, applied, press and other photography. Between 1999 and 2009, Aleskerov served as a chairman of the artistic council of the Union of Photographers of Azerbaijan. Since 1996 he has been teaching and is now working with documentary photography. His characteristic work includes projects that observe urban, social and visual changes of cities and landscapes. Aleskerov’s work is held in the collection of Museum of El Salvador Velasek, Reus, Spain; Library of the Photo, Surrey, UK; The Baku Centre of Arts, Baku, Azerbaijan; and the Museum of Istiglal, Baku, Azerbaijan. It is also held in private collections in USA, Turkey, Austria, Germany, UK, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Norway, and France.
Solo exhibitions 2008 ‘Images’, Contemporary Art Centre, Baku 2003 ‘Avenue Shehidov – 1990’, Istiglal Museum, Baku ‘Sanan Aleskerov: Selected Works’, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France 1998 ‘Elements of my life’, Gallery TMS, Tbilisi 1988 ‘Sanan Aleskerov: Selected Works’, Baku Centre of Arts, Baku 1987 ‘Sanan Aleskerov: Selected Works’, Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
Group exhibitions and projects 2010 Curator, ‘THE SEVEN: Modern Azerbaijan Photography’, Modern Art Museum, Baku 2009 ‘Culture Scapes Aserbaidschan’, Culturescapes Festival, Basel, Switzerland ‘Photoquai’, Musée du quai Branly, Paris 2008 ‘Steps of Time’, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany 2007 ‘Dialog with Neighbour’, Efeshane Gallery, Istanbul ‘Modern Photography in Azerbaijan’, Contemporary Art Centre, MOMA, Moscow ‘Fire’, Labyrinth Group project, 52nd Venice Biennale ‘International Project Recognize Neighbour’, Tophane Gallery, Istanbul ‘Modern Photography in Azerbaijan’, CSI Gallery, Moscow 2006 ‘KARAVANSERAI Azerbaijan – idens rike’, Archaeologist Museum, Stavanger, Norway 2005 ‘Landart-Oil’, Labyrinth Group project, Contemporary Art Festival, Q Gallery, Baku 2002 Photos of ‘Ajna – 2002’, First International Festival, Association of Photographers of Azerbaijan, Baku
2001 ‘Days of Caucasian Culture in Mongolia. A collection of works’, Museum of Modern Art, Ulan Bator ‘Appendix’, exhibition of a conceptual photo, Karavasla, Tbilisi 2000 ‘Fire’, Labyrinth Group projects, Vadji Samedove Gallery, Baku Labyrinth Group exhibition, CDH Gallery, Moscow 1989–91, 1995–97, 1999 London Salons of the Photo, London
Awards 2006 Special Prize, ‘Tradition and Modernity’ Competition, Baku Art Centre, Baku 2001 Grand Prize, ‘Image of PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Competition, Baku First Place, ‘Tradition and Modernity’ Competition, Baku Art Centre, Baku 2000 Humay Award for Labyrinth ‘Landart I’ project, Baku 1996 Bronze Medal, Federation of International Art Photography, Istanbul 1995–96 London Salon of Photography Honorary Medal, London 1994 Honorary Ribbon, Federation of International Art Photography, Edinburgh, UK 1993 Silver Medal, Honorary Ribbon, Federation of International Art Photography, Surrey, UK Silver Medal, Salon of Art Photography, Chollez, France 1991 Honorary Ribbon, American Association of Photographers, Jackson, Mississippi, USA Bronze Medal, Salon of Art Photography, Chollez, France 1990 Gold Medal, Salon of Art Photography, Chollez, France 1987 Laureate of II Festival of Folk Art, VDNH, Moscow
Sanan Aleskerov is one of the great masters of Azerbaijani
of this definition includes relationships among people, their need for
photography. For ten years he headed the Artistic Council of the
spiritual purity, man’s relationship to the environment, and the life
Azerbaijan Association of Photographers and gained many disciples
of this environment independent of human intervention – the inner
and followers. Over the past quarter of a century, he has been
world of objects, architectural structures and wildlife.
awarded many prestigious prizes in national and international photographic competitions and festivals. This artist was among the
Aleskerov has said that there are photographic compositions which
first contemporary Azerbaijani photographers whose works became
must be examined like an intricately woven rug: by doing so, every
known abroad after Azerbaijan gained its independence.
square inch of their surface will yield surprises, new and unexpected patterns. Such is his series of works dedicated to the city of Baku.
A journalism graduate from the Azerbaijan State University,
These are photographs of various nooks of our capital city, taken
Aleskerov works in the genre of documentary photography. Indicative
throughout several decades. Their chronology shows the changes
of his work are his observational projects where he monitors the
in the appearance of the city. Changes that evoke in some a feeling
urban, social and visual changes in cities and landscapes. According
of nostalgia for times long gone, and in others ignite an inspiration
to Aleskerov, what interests him is “spiritual ecology”. The ambiguity
with a view to the future.
Exhibition January 17-29, 2012 Location Phillips de Pury & Company Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB