Her Art in Action at Gazelli Art House, Baku

Gazelli Art House, an international art gallery based in Baku and London, and VarYox, a Baku-based art and media platform, will host a month-long festival focusing on female artistic practice. This first edition of the project, titled Her Art in Action, will showcase the theme The Feminine Gaze: Seeing Ourselves and Each Other. The festival runs March 8—31 and comprises an exhibition at Gazelli Art House and a series of workshops, public talks, and events built around the participating artists and their work. The aim of the festival is to support professional development for Azerbaijani female artists while introducing their work to new audiences.

The exhibition will open on and will show the work of 13 Azerbaijani artists who were selected through an open call. The artworks are new commissions by the festival and will be exhibited alongside works by established Georgian, Kazakh and Kyrgyz artists who were invited to show works in response to the theme of how women’s lives are depicted in art. The artworks will be exhibited across the three floors of the gallery and include paintings, videos, performances, and installations. Through the curatorial framework, curator Olga Seleznyova intends to create a dialogue about women’s issues across the broader region.

In addition to the exhibition, two photography workshops by international photographers have been organised for Azerbaijani artists to develop their practice, and participants in the festival will also have the chance to have their portfolio reviewed by an international curator, as well as enjoy public talks by visiting artists.

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