Babi Badalov (b. 1959, Lerik) is an artist whose work focuses on the constant exploration of the limits of the language, especially in how language can isolate people who do not share the same one. Based on the current social and political topics of society, and his own personal experience, his works are sometimes written on textiles in different sizes that together create a pattern, sometimes written directly on the wall, the misspelt, fragmented, and assembled words are often combined with clipped images to form huge wall collages. Badalov's visual poetry is characterised by different alphabets and personal fonts.
Originally from Azerbaïdjan, Badalov lives and works in Paris now. For the project, he sent us some photos from his home-studio, where he spends a lot of his time in isolation. While isolation is a difficult state, he at times ventures out in the streets of Paris, where he captures the urban scenes. Badalov also sends pages from his current artist's diary book, what he sometimes refers to as visual poetry or collage poetry. Babi Badlov was scheduled to be part of our Artist on Vacation project this year.
Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.