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Aida Mahmudova

Founder, Yarat Contemporary Art Space

Aida Mahmudova is a young artist who studied Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins and Fashion Marketing at the American University in London. She approaches an artistic path by discovering herself through interpretations of the interaction between her and the environment.

Yarat was established by Aida Mahmudova to support, nurture, develop and promote contemporary art and artists in Azerbaijan and abroad.

Earlier in 2011, the NGO held its first exhibition in Baku – the On Soz (Foreword) exhibition, presented the work of Azerbaijani artists in a building, which was under construction. The audience numbers reached around 700 – the majority of whom were contacted through Facebook.

Establishing Yarat (and therefore the artists it works with and supports) within Azerbaijan is of primary importance, whilst the identification of key international platforms on which to develop recognition is also essential.

The Yarat Organization is divided into three main areas of activity; sponsored exhibitions and festivals, fundraising events of varying size, educational activity (including workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions)

Aida Mahmudova