Exhibition From September 6th to October 11th 2014
Opening Saturday September 6th 2014
Press Preview Friday September 5th 2014, 10am
Text by Alice Cazaux
Curator: Azad Asifovich
Rabouan Moussion Gallery goes on exploring emergent cultures with the debut solo exhibition in France of Azerbaijani artist Farid Rasulov, after its success at the 55th Venice Biennale.
He will present an installation taking place all over, covering the space from floor to ceiling with traditional Azerbaijani carpet. The place is transformed by arabesques and moucharabiehs becoming the subject, the work itself.
The destination of an ornament, whether carved or painted, is to beautify an object. Through this installation, Farid Rasulov questions the notion of white cube so dear to contemporary art and transforms by repeating the same lines and curves, its stripped austerity. The role of the fabric here is not to maintain the functional but to be there to confront West and East.
These traditional patterns – motivus means «what moves» in Latin – are the signs of a changing country: a region of Soviet Union dissolved, torn between tradition and modernity, East and West.
This work backs on a conceptual nakedness, yet neither rational nor useful. The total composition ornament multiplies the signs of an ancient tradition to transform the meaning and destination. The space becomes an extreme variation of the present staked by an ancestral material composition, which is at the same time useful and symbolic. The meaning escapes by the multiplicity and operates a cultural transfer: the extent of weaving causes alienation of the meaning. The sensory experience plunges the viewer into a particular universe, which still remains to be discovered.
Born 1985 in Shusha, Azerbaidjan
Farid Rasulov graduated from the University of Medicine of Azerbaijan. In 2007, he decided to move away from medicine, and enlisted in contemporary art, a decision that led him to participate in the 55th Venice Biennale. Farid Rasulov is an artist devoting an intense energy on diverse mediums: painting, 3D, animation, sculpture, installation.
Galerie Rabouan Moussion:
Rabouan Moussion Gallery, opened in 1988 in Le Marais. After having met various artists during the first contemporary art fair in Moscow in 1997, Jacqueline Rabouan and Caroline Moussion decided to promote Russian artists in France – among them Oleg Kulik, Dimitri Tsykalov, Kirill Chelushkin, Vlad Mamyshev Monroe, PG Group, Gosha Ostretsov, and Olga Kisseleva.
The gallery is opened and committed with other emerging scenes like street art with JonOne, SAEIO and Jane_Doe 22, or Indian contemporary art with Sunil Gawde.
Artistic choices are not a result of a mix between aesthetics and market, they are of a keen sensitivity and a privileged relationship with the artists. Through its collaboration with the Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf or the french Jean Degottex, Bernar Venet and Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Gallery Rabouan Moussion knows how to surprise.