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INTERVIEW

Aida Mahmudova

Building Engines for Ideas

By Catherine Milner

Portrait of AIDA MAHMUDOVA. Courtesy Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku.

Aida Mahmudova is an artist and the founder and director of Yarat, a nonprofit organization for the promotion and celebration of contemporary art in Azerbaijan. Yarat’s first exhibition, “On Soz,” was held at a construction site in Baku in October and November last year and attracted 20,000 visitors. Since then, the 30-year-old Mahmudova, who paints and makes installations and videos, has launched the Baku Public Art Festival in February this year and opened two new…

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