Born 1959, Lerik, Azerbaijan, live in Paris

 As a visual artist, he expresses his ideas through art objects, installations and live performances. He also experiments with words and writes obscure poetry, mixing languages and images of different cultures. Babi Badalov’s work often is dedicated to linguistic explorations researching the limits of language and the borders it imposes upon its users and based on his personal experience of linguistic inconveniences while travelling. In foreign countries, we often come across words written in the same alphabet as ours, but with different meaning, sound or pronunciation. His visual poetry often takes the form of a diary, created every day through a combination of his own linguistic research of manipulated pictorial material, mainly with political content.  The nomad life of an artist (or traveler, migrant, refugee) does not only cause him or her a struggling adaptation period of cultural integration, but can primarily turn him or her into a prisoner of language.
Badalov’s projects play with this kind of linguistic notions in order to emphasize larger geo-political questions.
Babi Badalov is represented by Gandy gallery and Jerome Poggi gallery


Solo Exhibitions:

2015    POETICAL ACTIVISM, Tranzit display, Budapest

2015   EASTanbul WESTanbul, Carico Massimo, Livorno

2015   Art is myth I am real, Jerome Poggi gallery, Paris

2015   FUCK GOLF, Kunstraum Munich,

2015   MIGRANT POETRY, La Station, Center for Contemporary Art, Nice, France

2014   EASTERIA, (with Nikolay Oleynikov), Gandy gallery, Bratislawa

2013   PORTO – ПOPTO,  A Certain Lack of Coherence, Porto

2011   I Am Orna Mental, Gandy gallery, Bratislawa

2010   My life Report In Paris,  Tranzit Display, Prague

2008  The Persian Ambassador,  Freud’s Dreams Museum, Saint Peterburg,

2006  Poetry&drawing,  Galata Perform, Istanbul

2004  24 meters abrababibra,  Karvasla Art center, Tbilisi

2000  Trans-transavangarde, Miniature Art center, Baku,

1995   Art is Dead I am still an Artist,  Gallery 21, St.Peterburg

1994  Before-After, Gallery 103, St.Peterburg

1992  Bad people cant do good art,  Show and Tell Gallery, San Francisco

1991  I am ART EAST,  Will White Gallery, Eugene, Oregon



2015   6th Moscow biennale,

2015   PAREIDOLIE, Salon International du Dessin Contemporain 2015, Marseille

2015   The world is not enough, Les Mouilins de Paillard, centre of contemporary art,

2015   Some say you can find happiness there, VCRC, Kiev, Ukraine

2015    Feel Discourse!, Guest Projects, London

2014   Europe, Europe, SCONOSCIUTO (Alternative spaces project) Astrup Fearnley museum,

2014   Histerical Materialism,  Jerome Poggi gallery, Paris

2014   DeprivationArsenal Gallery, Białystok, Poland

2014   ARTONAUTICS, Gdansk City Gallery

2014   Untitled… (Local Foreginers), Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow

2014   Disparity and Demand, La Galerie, Noisy le Sec, Paris

2014   Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, New Museum, New York

201 Tourist City, Pleridas museum, Larnaca, Cyprus

2013   SIASAT,  15 th Jakarta Biennale

2013   RE-ALIGNED ART,  Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway

2013   The Collection as a Character,  M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp

2013   Enchanted Wanderer,  Centre for Culture  Garage” Contemporary Art, project in Chukotka.

2012    From Below, as a Neighbour ,  Drugo More, Rijeka Croatia

2012    Adaptaion,  Steirischer Herbst 2012 Graz, Austria

2012    It isn’t important, it’s only art… , Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Poland,

2012   Migrasophia,  Maraya Art centre, Sharjah, UAE

2011   The Journey to the East MOCAK, (The Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow) 

2011    Art-O-Rama 2011, Marseille, Gandy gallery, Bratislawa

2011    Passion bild,  Kunstmuseum Bern,

2011    Constitution of the Damned, Landings, Vestfossen, Norway

2011    54 th Venice Biennale, (Collateral events)

2011    The Journey to the East, Arsenal gallery, Bialystok, Poland

2011    East from 4°24,  M HKA,  Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp

2010    MANIFESTA 8,  Murcia/Cartagena, Spain

2010    The Watchmen, the Liars, the Dreamers, Le Plateau, Center For Contemporary Art, Paris

2010    LONELY AT THE TOP, M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp

2010    Actual Azerbaijani Art, Aydan gallery,  Moscow

2010    When One Has to Say WE, European University, St.Peterburg Russia

2010    Monument to Transformation,  Centrum Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vittorio – Gasteiz,  Spain

2009   Transfered Works,  Babi Badalov&Yesim Agaiglu, Artik Gallery, Istanbul

2009   ARTISTERIUM ,  Tbilisi, Georgia

2009   Monument to Transformation,  Center for  Visual Art Introspection,  Bucharest

2009    MONUMENT TO TRANSFORMATION,  City Gallery Prague

2009    Very Simple Actions Without Any Particular Purpose, Gallery ARTRA, Milan

2009    4th International Baku Biennale,

2009    Okno Ausstellingsraum  Zurich, 

2008    Track and Field,  Tactile Bosch Art Gallery and Art Space, Cardiff

2008    1st  Chanakkale Biennale, Turkey

2008    18   International Istanbul Art Forum, Istanbul

2008    Step of Time, National Gallery Drezden

2007    The Raw, The Cooked And The Packaged, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2007    Back to Memory, Time Kumu Contemporary Art Museum, Tallin

2007    3 rd Baku Biennale, Baku

2007    On Greekom,  Benaki museum of Art, Athens

2007    Great Nostalge,  Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art museum, Prato

2007    Heterotopias, 1st International Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki

2007    1st Adana International Contemporary Art Biennale, Adana

2007    Karavansarai-Silk Road,  Karshi Senet art gallery, Istanbul

2007    Crossroads,  National Photography Tashkent

2006    Karavansarai,  Heart gallery, Paris

2006    Art Caucasus,  National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow

2005    Beyond Stereotypes,  International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tbilisi

2005    2nd International Baku Contemporay Art Biennale, Azerbaijan

2004    AZART, International Artists exhibition, Baku

2003    7&7,  Azeri and Georgian artists exhibition, Baku

2002    Orientalizm:Inside&outside,  Central Exhibition hall Baku

1996    Kabinet,  Stedelik museum, Amsterdam

1994    Alter, Martigny Museum of Art, Martigny

1993    Freedom of expression,  Craine Art gallery, New York

1992-94   What its Forbidden its Allowed, 2 years travelling exhibition through musems, galleries USA

1990-96   1st-2nd-4th Saint Peterburg Contemporary Art Biennale,  St Peterburg

1990    New Artists from Saint Peterburg,  National Gallery Mucharnok, Budapest

1990    Geopolitica, State Ethnography museum St Peterburg

1990    5 Artists from Saint Peterburg, Artconsult_Schnauke und Steinrotter gallery,Muenster

1989    Glasnost” Emden museum of Art, Emden

1988   40 years of Saint Peterburg Avangard, Art Pavillion St Peterburg



Russian Museum St. Petersburg  Russia, MuHKA Museum Contemporary Art Antwerpen, Azerbaijan State Museum of Art  Baku,  Kunstmuseum  Emden Germany,  Martigny Art Museum Switzerland, Dr. Oetcker Collections  Bielefeld Germany,
Arina Kowner collection  Zurich Switzerland, The Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey, USA


 books :

 Reuter, Kerstin Jule. “GegenKunst in Leningrad”  Munchen, 1990

“Saint-Petersbourg Alter” Editions d’En Haut SA, 1993

 Bart De Bare, Victor Misiano. “Europe at Large. Art from the Former USSR” M HKA 2010

 Babi Badalov – “NUAGE”,  Published by Steirischer Herbst Festival GMBH Graz 2012 in collaboration with

“The Collecktion as character” , Museum of contemporaray art M HKA

“Global Cultures – Local Views, published Koningshausen&Newman GmbH, Wurzburg 2014