Manipulating Meaning Through Visualizing Language: Babi Badalov

In a short car ride through Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital unravels across cultures and centuries: weeping Parisian-style boulevards and ornate neo-Ottoman facades give way to Soviet-era public plazas and the growing army of bulbous glass giants dominating the skyline. Past the carpet shops of the Old City and the logos of luxury brands is the old harbor. Here nodding oil pumps and a spotless new urban master plan frame the YARAT Contemporary Art Center where you find ZARAtustra, a solo exhibition by the Paris-based Azeri artist Babi Badalov: a homecoming to a changed city that also addresses a global audience through topics of politics, precariousness, and identity.

(Published on: Mousse Magazine )