FAIG AHMED: DISSOLVING ORDER
Art Market|Issue #53 November 2020
Faig Ahmed (Sumqayit, 1982) graduated from the Sculpture Department of Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in 2004. He represented Azerbaijan at the nation's inaugural pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and again in 2013. The artist was nominated for the Jameel Prize 3 at Victoria and Albert Museum. His works are in public collections, including Los Angeles County Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and Palm Springs Museum of Art.
Ahmed's works have been featured in many important museum group exhibitions, including shows at the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Bellevue Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, and at the Aga Khan Museum, Canada, with his latest exhibits DISSOLVING ORDER | October 31, 2020–March 21, 2021.

AGA KHAN MUSEUM

OCTOBER 31, 2020–MARCH 21, 2021

The centerpiece of Dissolving Order is a deconstruction of one of the world's most enduring, remarkably consistent art forms: the carpet. Like many of Ahmed's sculptures, Gautama (2017), a hand-woven carpet itself, distorts familiar features of carpets, warping the past into something otherworldly and new.

Gautama appears to fray, swirl, and ooze right in front of the viewer — a helpful reminder that long-lasting traditions or established systems can shapeshift at any time. Everything seems in flux, and at the same time, we see new horizons and fresh, expressive possibilities materialize right before our eyes.

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