Babi Badalov is an Azeri artist and poet. After finishing art college in his native country, he left to St. Petersburg in 1980, where he soon became an influential underground artist and a member of the unofficial Association of Experimental Visual Art (TEII). As a visual artist, he expresses his ideas through art objects, paintings, installations and live performances. He also experiments with words and writes improvisational poetry, mixing languages and images of different cultures.
Badalov's recent work – including this installation, produced during the 10 day active period of the Moscow Biennale – is dedicated to linguistic explorations, associations and words written in the same alphabet as ours, but with different meaning, sound or pronunciation.
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. Thereby, the artist covers current geo-political topics that echoes his own personnal experiences.