London Art TV was at the exhibition of works by Javad Mirjavadov at Sotheby’s in London. There was also a collection of carpets from the state museum of Azerbaijani Arts. The exhibition is opened 16-19 February 2015 at Sotheby’s London, and it’s part of the 2nd BUTA Festival.
London Art interviewed Farah Piriyeva, curator of the exhibition.
Farah Piriyeva: It was indeed a very difficult decision to select all these works. The best way would be just to mix the works that are from private collections so it is interesting not only for British public, but also to Azeri audience who can go to the museum and see Javad, but these works no one actually can see them. From the State Museum we decided to show the carpets that influenced the work of Javad. In the same concept- having carpets that are from 18th and 19th century and Javad’s works from private collections- it is a completely unique concept. What you see here, we placed in the first room carpets and then in the second room we have Javad, so you can actually go through revolution of Azeri art, from ancient to modern. When you look at the carpets and those patterns- that is what inspired Javad very much. He was inspired by the patterns, by the oriental motifs, by the signs, hidden signs that he saw in those carpets and he wanted to show this in his work as well.
‘’I WAS BORN ON THE LAND OF ABSHERON, BUT I ASCENDED BEYOND IT WITH MY CREATIVITY’’
Farah Piriyeva : When you look at Javad’s work you see beasts and demons dancing in the darkness so you sort of think- this is his own world, own reality. But actually it’s not just a segment of his wild and rich imagination, no. His work is very allegorical and it has a deep subtext and irony as well. His works are mirrors reflecting the sins of modern society-immorality, hypocrisy, greed and so on.
‘’EACH OF MY PAINTINGS IS NOT THE REFLECTION OF THE WORLD, IT IS THE WORLD ITSELF’’
Farah Piriyeva : If you look at the main figure here it’s a bright giantess, who is dancing her magical and spiritual dance. She is bigger than all other figures and what I personally think, that it’s him, it’s Javad who is too big for this world.
London Art: HOW WOULD JAVAD FEEL ABOUT TODAY’S SOCIETY?
Farah Piriyeva : I think he would enjoy it because he really suffered in Soviet Union. He was against the regime, he was against acceptable artistic movement social realism. He was against this all consuming greyness that was happening in Soviet Union and he felt like he was in this artistic and psychological embargo.
We have lots of talented contemporary emerging artists in Azerbaijan and they exhibit around the world, and they exhibit in London during the BUTA Festival, they exhibit in States, everywhere. And that is something Javad couldn’t have done back then. Today he would just really enjoy it and he could exhibit his works, and be appreciated by wider public.