Butunay Hagverdiyev, born 1989 in Baku, lives and works both in Moscow, Russia and Baku, Azerbaijan. He graduated from Azimzadeh Art College’s Painting Faculty in Baku in 2009. Since 2011, he studies at the British Higher School of Art and Design, University of Hertfordshire in Moscow. Butunay works actively in the various media, including painting, graphics, video art, animation and installation. His works can be found in the Centre of Contemporary Art, Baku, and Gallery Simurg, Perth, Australia, as well as in private collections in Australia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States.
For “Ornamentation”, the artist presents a work that approaches the issue of language. He uses letters to create an abstract image of non-verbal communication. In the Republic of Azerbaijan, the alphabet has changed three times in the 20th century. Today, a Latin alphabet is used for writing the Azerbaijani language, also known as Azeri. The previous versions of the alphabet were based on Arabic (until 1929) and Cyrillic scripts (until 1991).
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All Photographs: Bunutay Hagverdiyev, ‘Unilateral Letters’, 2013, mixed media on plywood, dimensions variable. “Ornamentation”, Azerbaijan Pavilion, 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Photos: C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia.