Agil Abdullayev is a cross-disciplinary artist from Azerbaijan. His work frequently references theoretical models concerning imposed gender roles and class inequalities in the context of Azerbaijani identity and its relationship to history, culture, queer thinking and radical South Caucasion traditions. In 2020, Abdullayev founded “ÇAĞDAŞÇILAR”, an online platform for critical discussion panels in response to the arts and culture scene in Azerbaijan.
Abdullayev has exhibited extensively in Azerbaijan and internationally, including solo exhibition “Shy boy of the pink future” at Artim Project Space, Baku (2018); duo exhibition “Rewriting childhood” at Gazelli Art House, Baku (2022); and group exhibitions “Haft Paykar” at Goethe Institut, Baku (2021); “Across the mountains: South Caucasus Photography” at MoMA, Tbilisi, Georgia (2019); “For the time being” at The Photographers Gallery, London (2019) and “New Contemporaries” at South London Gallery, London (2018) amongst others.
Abdullayev is currently based in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Pink City / 2018-2021
In the two-part Pink City series, Azerbaijani artist Agil Abdullayev creates a digital emergency shelter for people in crisis, in particular queer folks and soft boys. Pink City I (How to survive: A Promotional video) (2018) is a satirical promotional video that begins with footages of violent episodes between private citizens, prompting fear and the urge to migrate to a seemingly “utopian” cyber space. In keeping, Pink City II (as soft boys go deep) (2021) creates the visual details of this fantastic virtual world and narrates an earnest journey going deep into this imaginary cyber shelter. The first-person voiceover speaks in a confessional voice, relaying a personal journey of alienation and bullying in a misogynist society, and the potential for Pink City to be an amorphous and generative space for safety, self-expression, connection, and above all dance!