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November 5, 2018 at the Cultural Center named after Ibrahim Abilov is opened the contemporary video and photography group exhibition "Disappearance".in the framework of the cultural heritage festival Fantazia, organized by the European Delegation in Azerbaijan, on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage of 2018.
«Disappearance» exhibition project brings together artists from across the world with different
artistic background and working with various techniques of contemporary visual art, but
all driven by the cultural heritage protection and conservation idea explicitly embodied in their
exhibited art pieces. It may be no accident that Ibrahim Abilov Cultural Center edifice,a great historical and architectural asset constructed in 1835, was deliberately selected as the project venue. Commanded an old central location known as Sovetskaya neighborhood, where new housing development is still ongoing and followed by slum clearance, the edifices like Ibrahim Abilov Cultural Center still struggle to survive excelling as an example of importance of foretime conservation and protection. The project idea author of the exhibition is Sabina Shikhlinskaya, art project coordinator is Konul Rafiyeva.
In her video “The Sky on his shoulders”, Sabina Shikhlinskaya, a prominent Azerbaijani artist
is slick about visual clues through screening a true story-based mythical narrative of a historic
Chinara Majidova (Azerbaijan) presents a “Dalan” video, where she demonstrates the shots of
the very last days of Sovetskaya neighborhood existence and the life of its residents keeping
visual and documenting thereby redevelopment of this historical district of Baku.
Video installation by Mike Rainbourne (USA) is based upon records of retrieved objects, movies
and photos depicting day-to-day activities in Sovetskaya neighborhood in past, which Mike
uses to create interactive spaces.
In his photo series “Baku Black City, White City”, Onno Kervers from the Netherlands showcases multidimensionality of Baku architectural heritage. Black and white photos of the
exhibition represent both aesthetic and conceptual preference by the author.
Zeigam Azizov (Great Britain) presents his 2010 essay movie “The Oil scenario”, where he
challenges the notions of time and disappearance as a comment on a photo taken by an
outstanding photographer Reza Deghati.
The First "Fantazia" Festival aimed at raising awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage in Baku and Azerbaijan. United Cultures provides organizational support for this celebration. Fantazia Festival holds in Baku from 1 to 10 November 2018 and presenting a diverse calendar of events, including concerts, guided tours, workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, art installations, competitions, and debates with internationally and locally acclaimed experts within the partnership of the administration of the State Historical-Architectural Reservation “Icherisheher”, Ministry of Culture, State Tourism Agency, Union of Architects, Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, “Maksud Ibrahimbeyov” Creativity Center, “Yarat” Contemporary Art Space. Scientific partners are: Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, ADA University, Azerbaijan National University of Culture and Arts, Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction