Babi Badalov

Born in 1959 | Lerik, Azerbaijan 


Babi Badalov (the name assigned at birth: Babakhan Badalov) is a visual artist from Azerbaijan who currently lives and works in Paris. Artist is best known for his works revolving around linguistics, playing with words, and the “visual poetry” style that he often embodies in his art.

Badalov’s artistic journey started in their youth. In the 1980s, having served in the soviet army, Badalov moved to Saint Petersburg and became a well-known name in the underground art scene of the city at that time. There, Badalov was a member of different artist groups and had relations with other independent artists. After spending several years in Russia, he wanted to settle in the United Kingdom, but his application for asylum was not accepted. After being sent back to Azerbaijan, he was finally granted asylum in 2011 to stay and live in France due to threats of an honor killing in Azerbaijan because of his sexual orientation.

Badalov has been experimenting with different forms of art during his art practice for years. He worked with objects, installations, paintings, and live performances, and gave a shot to filmmaking. The artist has been engaged with poetry since his youth and won the Pushkinskaya poetry contest, despite the fact that Russian is not his first language.

It is not a surprise that the primary element of his works are words. The nomad/traveler lifestyle of the artist has an impact on these works as well. The artist plays with words, mixes the vocabulary of different languages, creating a coexisting state of diverse cultures, and creates a pseudo-language of his own. Badalov touches on geo-political issues. The works are born from the language barriers, limitations and inconveniences faced because of the absence of unity in languages. These works are a constant exploration of the limits of linguistics and how it can isolate individuals from each other.

Babi Badalov is represented by Gallery Poggi, Paris, The Gallery Apart, Rome.
2020: Refugees Will Come, Galerie  Saint-Severin, Paris
2019: Soul Mobilisation, La Verriere, Hermes Fondation
2019: Landscape Langscape, CASCO Art Institute, Utrecht
2019: ZARA Tustra, YARAT, Contemporary Art Space, Baku

2019: Les Réfugies Viendront, Le Safran, Centre Culturel, Amiens
2018: Quand la Litterature Sort du Livre, Festival Extra, Centre Pompidou
2018: Je Suis Mazimir Kalevich, New Museum, St. Petersbourg
2018: De More Cry Sea, Jerome Poggi gallery, Paris
2018: Orna – Mental Activism, Eternal Network, Tours
2018: Automatic Electronic Algoritmic Predictive Poetry, A Certain Lack of Coherence, Porto
2018: Когда я, ко мне доступа не будет,  Iragui gallery, Moscow
2017: Refugee Politic Refugee Poetic, Museum History of Immigration, Paris
2017: Electronic Dadaist Poetry, HIT gallery, Bratislawa
2017: To Make Art To Take Clothes Off, MUSAC – museum cont. art Leon, Spain
2016: MEgration, YOUgration, HEgration, SIZ gallery, Rijeka
2016: Partisanism, Tensta Konsthall, Stokholm
2016: For the Wall For the World, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
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,
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

Duo exhibitions:
2020: Everything Is Too Much (with Mauro Cerqueira) Bombon projects Barcelona
2018: Xenia at the Time of War (with Chto Delat?) The Apart gallery, Roma
2014: EASTeria (with Nikolay Oleynikov),Gandy gallery, Bratislawa

Group exhibitions:
2021: Poetry of translation, Kunst Merano Arte, Merano
2021: Ecrire, c’est dessiner, Centre Pompidou Metz
2021: EURASIA – A landscape of Mutabilty, M HKA, Antwerp
2021: The Antinomies of Autonomy, Cvijeta Zuzoric, Belgrade
2021: Life, Death, Love and Justice, Tranzit, Bratislava
2021: On est heureux quand on manifeste, Frac des pays de la Loire
2021: Le Corps Fait Grève, Bétonsalon, Centre d Art et de Recherche
2021: “And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers”, Kunsthalle, Wien
2021: Bye Bye His-Story, Centre de la Gravure, La Louvière
2020: Poetry and Performance. Eastern-European Perspective, Liberec
2020: Au Pied de la Lettre, Artesio, Brussel
2020: Milk Me Sugar, Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok
2020: Willful blindness, Institut d’etudés supérieures des arts, IESA
2020: Sous Le Fil, Les Abattoirs, Musee-FRAC Occitanie Toulouse
2020: No No Desire Desire, Maison populaire, Montreuil
2020: In Vitro, M HKA Museum Contemporary Art, Anrwerpen
2020: L’ Internationale Artists in Quarantine, Online exposition
2020: Anti – Festival of Mutation, Saint Petersbourg
2020: Viral Self – Portraits, MG+MSUM, Lyubljana
2020: Hypothetical Show for Closed Museum, MWoods museum Beijing 
2020: Orientalism, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia
2020: History Repeats History, Fondazione Zimei, Pescara, Italia
2020: La Peur au Ventre, Jerome Poggi Gallery, Paris
2019: 9KG de Oxigenio, Galeria Munisipal do Porto   
2019: Biography: a Model Kit exhibition, MMOMA, Moscow

2019: The Missing Planet, Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci
2019: Mass Memory Machines, Galleria Rankka, Helsinki
2019: Today We Will Invent the Nations, Kmytiv Museum of Soviet Art
2019: Diary Life, Kohta – Contempoary Art Center, Helsinki
2019: Racing the Galaxy, Palace of Indepedence, Nur-Sultan
2019: Stars are Closer and Clouds Nutritious Under Golden Trees, MMAG fondation, Amman 
2019: Their Past, Your Present, Our Future, Open Space, Tbilisi
2019: Eldorama, Lille3000, Tripostal, Lille
2019: Poetry & Performance, Motorenhalle, Dresden
2019: A departure, an exile… an odyssey, Le Cyclop, Milly la Foret
2019: DramaTurkia, University of Antwerpen
2019: FOGHORN, Arsenal gallery, Bialystok
2019: Southern Constellations: The Poetic of the Non-Aligned, MG+MSUM, Ljubljana
2019: Picasso et l’exil, Les Abattoirs, Musée Frac Occitanie Toulouse
2018: Punk Orientalism, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada
2018: The Border is a State of Mind, gallery Jerom Poggi, Paris
2018: Soft Power, Transpalette, Centre d’art Contemporain de Bourges
2018: Neighbours, festival WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 10
2018: They Won’t Bear Hiding Behind Walls And Fences, Center for Contemporary Art, Graz
2018: Poetry&Performance, Shedhalle, Zurich
2018: Metaphorai, Center For Contemporary Art, The Ancient Bath, Plovdiv
2018: Middle Gate II, cultural centre de Werft, Geel
2018: Artists at Risk (AR) Pavilion, mutatis mutandis, Kai Dikhas, Berlin
2018: They Shouldn’t Be Able To Pretend They Didn’t Know Anything, , Center for Contemporary Art, Graz
2018: Cappadox 2018, Contemporary Art Festival, Turkey
2018: 17th Tallin Print Triennale, Contempoary Art Museum, EKKM, Tallin
2017: Poetry&Performance, Nova Synagoga Zilina
2017: 4th Ural Industrial Biennial
2017: Attention Border, galerie Arsenal, galerie Labyrint, Poland
2017: In Edenia, a City of the Future, Yermilov Center, Kharkiv
2017: Go canny, Poétique du sabotage, Centre Cont. Art, Villa Arson, Nice
2016: The End of the World, Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato
2016: INCORPORATED, 5th Rennes biennial
2016: Atlas of the ruins Of Europe, CentroCentro, Madrid
2016: 11th Gwangju biennial
2016: COLD WALL – A collective Visual Answer On Fences and Men, Museum Contemporary of Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad
2016: If All Relations Were to Reach to Equilibrium, Then This Building Would Dissolve, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
2016: Labor Day Assembly, SIZ gallery, Rijeka, Croatia
2016: Resume, Carico Massimo, Livorno
2015: The forth prose, Laura Bulian gallery, Milan

2015: INTERTEXT, Erarta museum contemporary art, St. Petersburg
2015: Konfetnie gori neftyannie berega, museum contemporary art Perm, Russia, 6th Moscow biennial,
2015: La frontera nos cruzo, Museo de la Immigracion, Buenos Aires
2015: PAREIDOLIE, Salon International du Dessin Contemporain 2015, Marseille
2015: The world is not enough, Les Mouilins de Paillard, centre contemporary art,
2015: Vernacularity, WYSPA Institue of Art, Gdansk
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: Deprivation, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Poland
2014: ARTONAUTICS, Gdansk City Gallery 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
2013: Tourist City, Pleridas museum, Larnaca, Cyprus
2013: SIASAT, 15 th Jakarta Biennial
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.


Painting on fabric
77 × 83 cm

Man Ray, 2016
Peinture acrylique sur tissu
147.3 × 152.4 cm

Dream, 2018
Painting on fabric
89 × 126 cm

Art Alphabet, 2018
Painting on fabric
116 × 121 cm

Laughter collection, 1986
Tempera on paper, not framed
86 x 61 cm

Papierlandschaft II ,1988
54 x 126 cm