Fakhriyya Mammadova

Born in 1974 | Baku, Azerbaijan



2005: Ceramics and design from the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art

Fakhriyya Mammadova has been a key figure in the development of the Azerbaijani arts community for more than twenty years, having begun her professional life as a member of the Wings of Time art group and their exhibit of young artists in 2000. Fakhriyya's art has been extensively displayed in Baku and internationally, including in Turkey, France, Georgia, Poland, Russia, Greece, Uzbekistan, Germany, Iran, Switzerland, and Norway. Her work was exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 in the Ornamentation exhibit at the Azerbaijani Pavilion. She exhibited ``Wedding: "Girlish Dreams" (2013), a set of 75 photos in circular wooden blocks, at the Venice Biennale, in which the circle form of the pictures represented a camera lens, enabling the viewer to examine the party from varying ranges and levels of intimacy.

The installation's observational format transitioned in and out of several scenarios of a typical Azerbaijani wedding, with the viewpoint shifting throughout the work. Fakhriyya's art is visibly distinct because of the manner she plays with color, size, and materiality, and uses photography to investigate the numerous conceptual elements of her topics. The paintings altered perspective as light interacted with the transparent medium when viewed from different angles. The refracting light alternated muted and accentuated different sections of the pictures, allowing for numerous interpretations and experiences. Sites like a jetty or a coastal walkway were photographed from multiple perspectives and then layered with color splashes that evoke sadness and emotion. When humans did present in the images, it was as an afterthought, a transient occurrence in a split second. Her photographs captured changeable emotions as well as unexpected moments of tenderness, such as little gestures between individuals or the visual splendor of birds in flight.



The photographs, in kitsch golden circular wooden frames, are hung on opposite sides of the first-floor main room at Palazzo Lezze, on fake white walls and spotlights shining down.

Solo exhibition Dua*s, 2015
Yay Gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

The Room, 2006
digital print
111 x 73 sm

In a search of colour. Tbilisi, 2002
film, scan, digital print
111 x 73 cm

Moment, 2011
digital print
111 x 62 sm