Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed is identified for his mesmerizing textile masterpieces. He debuted Uncertainties, an intricate crimson tapestry in 2020 immediately after COVID-19 interrupted his creative exercise. Now, three new works sign up for the piece on exhibit in a solo exhibition titled Faig Ahmed: PIR at Sapar Up to date in New York. This exhibit incorporates three textile pieces impressed by spiritual minds that are really influential in Azerbaijani lifestyle, as nicely as a online video from the artist himself.
Entitled Shams Tabrizi, Yahya al-Shirvani al-Bakuvi, and Nizami Ganjavi, the three textile works of PIR surface nearly liquid. Each individual piece descends the walls of the gallery, pooling on the ground like rivers of paint. The gallery describes the pieces as “sites of [Ahmed’s] possess cultural geography, a tapestry of cultural and political historical past, language, spiritual values, and art.” Viewers are all at once entranced by colour, record, and mysticism.
The title of the show, PIR, draws upon the background of the three mystics and poets, in addition to the land of Azerbaijan itself. Pyr means “fire” in Greek, and Azerbaijan takes its identify from the holy fire of the historical Zoroastrian religion. Pir in Persian and Arabic indicates a Sufi non secular information. As these types of, the new textile is effective deliver jointly the rich record of Azerbaijan.
PIR is at this time on check out at Sapar Modern day in New York right until January 17, 2022. Ahmed also has an upcoming solo exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Artwork (SLOMA) in California starting up on February 12 that will run by way of May well 15, 2022. To master much more about these attractive will work and the artist guiding them, explore Ahmed’s web-site.
Textile artist Faig Ahmed generates melting carpet installations in amazing woven types.
Ahmed is inspired by the history and lifestyle of his homeland of Azerbaijan.
He is fascinated by the customarily woven carpets of his tradition and how they are translated to modern art.
Photos by Faig Ahmed and SLOMA.