“Love Me Love Me Not” Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, Venice
“Love Me, Love Me Not” was an unprecedented exhibition of contemporary art from Azerbaijan and its neighbours, featuring recent work by 17 artists from Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, Russia, and Georgia. Supported by Yarat, a not-for-profit contemporary art organisation based in Baku and curated by Dina Nasser-Khadivi, the exhibition opened to the public from 1st June until 24th November 2013 at Tesa 100, Arsenale Nord, at The 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition offered a diverse range of media and subject matter, with video, installation and painting. Pieces ranged from those steeped in historical reference, to those with more site-specific responses through to those which were inspired by personal history. Each work had a role of giving the viewers at least one new perspective on the nations represented in this pavilion with the intent to give a better understanding of the region covered, in addition to ultimately question how we each perceived history and geography.