Asli Samadova

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2010: International Management of the MSc, Università Bocconi
2010: CEMS Master, International Management, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

2007: Public Administration and Management, Academy of Public Administration 
2005: Academic exchange, Major: Business, Minor: Arts,  University of California


Asli Samadova is an art/cultural manager, museum specialist, a skilled art researcher based in Baku and Milan. Additionally, she is the author of several children's books. Graduating from business, management, and public administration, Samadova worked as a strategy consultant before switching to art in 2014. She worked as a consultant in the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan from 2014 to 2017. There Samadova was involved in international relations, education, and museology projects both locally and in partnership with international organizations. She was the project leader of the 5th International Symposium on Azerbaijani Carpets held in 2017. The same year, she also collaborated with Goethe-Institut in Azerbaijan participating in the organization of local cultural events. She initiated Milli Irsimiz (eng. National Heritage) Project which was realized between the years 2015 and 2019. MI project’s primary mission was to inform people about Azerbaijan's art, culture, and history in an art-related, creative manner. Within the scope of Samadova’s project, they produced the short animation The Story of Continuity: from Nizami to Puccini (2015) which was about the exploration of the connection between the art of the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami and European art. MI Project also organized a museum learning initiative "Family Festival in..." in 2016. In 2017 Samadova published her children's book "Magical Carpet of Ali and Zumrud" about a Karabagh Dragon carpet. In addition to her locally implemented projects, Samadova is an art advocate for Azerbaijani art abroad as well.

In 2019 Asli co-founded a self-organized art initiative Ta(r)dino 6 by turning her apartment in Baku into a temporary art space. Ta(r)dino 6 is a non-profit and non-governmental art organization aiming to support discourse on Azerbaijani contemporary art within an international context, with a special focus on gender, identity, and equality in the art world.


Off the Velvet Chest (group exhibition) Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia

artists: Agil Abdullayev, Tora Aghabayova, Faig Ahmed, Orkhan Huseynov, Mahabbat Kazimova, Medina Kasimova, Nazrin Mammadova, Surayya Mughanli, Niyaz Najafov, Vusal Rahim, Maral Rahmanzadeh, Aidan Salakhova, Farhad Farzali, Irina Eldarova, Zarnishan Yusif

 Germanaijan (group exhibition), Kapelhaus, Baku, Azerbaijan

artists: Chinara Majidova, Leyli Salayeva, Samir Salahov, Xenia Fink

The Sound of a Women (exhibition narrates a history of the kelaghayi headscarf) Khicik Qala Art Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

Liebestod. Love and Death (Solo exhibition by Vasco Araúj)
Kapellhaus, Baku, Azerbaijan

The central piece of Vasco Araújo’s first solo exhibition in Azerbaijan is Liebestod. Love and Death video that explores romantic love, passion and the impossibility of the two lovers being together.