Faig Ahmed

Born in 1982 in Sumqayit (Azerbaijan)
Lives and works in Baku (Azerbaijan)

In his conceptual work, Faig Ahmed uses traditional decorative crafts and the visual language of carpets to create impressive contemporary sculptures. He represented his country during the Venice Biennale in 2007, and has more recently been exhibited at the Sapar Contemporary (New York) and at the VOLTA Basel’s art fair by Montoro12 Contemporary (Switzerland).

The flowing carpet Gautama comes from a project named Liquid Series, where the artist suggests numerical manipulations without actually making the carpets digitally. The effect of distortion and the digital glitch allusions, all hand-woven, break the conventions associated with craft and offer a new way to perceive these cultural icons. The artist cleverly makes the traditional and the contemporary collide, saying that he is interested in the past because it is the most stable conception of our lives. 

Faig Ahmed, Gautama, 2017, Handmade wool carpet, 112" x 149" (284 x 378 cm). Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

Other exhibitions of the artist at Arsenal Contemporary Art