Babi Badalov was born as Babakhan Badalov in Lerik, a small town near the Iranian border in the Talysh region of Azerbaijan, to an Azeri father and a Talysh mother. After serving two years in the Soviet Army, he moved to Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1980, where he quickly became a leading underground artist and a member of the unofficial artists group The Association of Experimental Visual Art (TEII).  Badalov participated in numerous art shows with the group in Russia and abroad. In the late 1980s, he met artists Vadim Ovchinnikov and Timur Novikov, members of the New Artists Group, and became involved in a variety of their projects and art campaigns.

Badalov always found different ways of expressing his ideas through art objects, paintings, installations and live performances. He also tested himself on the movie set of avant-garde Russian film director Evgeniy Kondratiev. In addition to his visual explorations, Badalov experiments with words and writes obscure poetry, mixing the languages and mentalities of different cultures. Even though Russian is not his first language, he won the Pushkinskaya 10 poetry contest.

In 1990, Badalov mysteriously disappeared from the St. Petersburg art scene and became a legendary figure, and an inspiration and a role model for younger generations of Russian artists.

Today, Badalov continues to exhibit around the world and develop his new ideas. His latest concept was a series of ecological art objects called Dolls for Adults, where he isolated the plastic of nature inside his own clothes. He is also working on a number of visual projects dedicated to linguistic explorations, questioning how a person can become the victim of a language barrier, trying to untangle the confusion of the Cyrillic/Latin mix.

In 2007, world-renowned Moscow-based art critic and curator Victor Misiano invited Badalov to take part in a number of exhibitions, where he displayed his audio-visual projects. His latest exhibitions (2010) are Manifesta 8 in Murcia/Cartagena, Spain, The Watchmen, the Liars, the Dreamers in Le Plateau, Center For Contemporary Art, Paris and Lonely at the Top in MuHKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp.

Babi Badalov. Photo: Yury Chichkov
Babi Badalov
Lerik, 1959

Current Exhibitions

Racing the Galaxy

Palace of Independence

03 Jul — 30 Aug
Gathering works by 20 artists from 15 countries, “Racing the Galaxy” deals with the gradual dissolution of dichotomies between East and West, in the era of global communication and the confrontation and melting of cultures, referencing...

Past Exhibitions

The End Of The World

Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
16/10/2016 — 19/03/2017

The Fourth Prose

Private: Laura Bulian Gallery
19/11/2015 — 25/03/2016

Materialisme Histérique

Jérôme Poggi
18/10/2014 — 29/11/2014

Solo Shows

For the Wall For the World, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Poetical Activism, Tranzit Display, Budapest
EASTanbul WESTanbul, Carico Massimo, Livorno
Art is myth I am real, Jerome Poggi gallery, Paris
Fuck Golf, Kunstraum Munich
Migrant Poetry, La Station, Center for Contemporary Art, Nice

Easteria, (with Nikolay Oleynikov), Gandy gallery, Bratislawa

PORTO – ПOPTO,  A Certain Lack of Coherence, Porto

Group Shows

5th Rennes biennale
11th Gwangju biennale
If All Relations Were to Reach to Equilibrium, Then This Building Would Dissolve, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Labor Day Assembly, SIZ gallery, Rijeka, Croatia
Resume, Carico Massimo, Livorno

The forth prose, Laura Bulian gallery, Milan
INTERTEXT, Erarta museum contemporary art, St. Petersburg
Konfetnie gori neftyannie berega, museum contemporary art Perm, Russia
6th Moscow biennale, Moskow
La frontera nos cruzo, Museo de la Immigracion, Buenos Aires
PAREIDOLIE, Salon International du Dessin Contemporain 2015, Marseille
The world is not enough, Les Mouilins de Paillard, centre contemporary art,
Vernacularity, WYSPA Institue of  Art, Gdansk
Some say you can find happiness there, VCRC, Kiev, Ukraine
Feel Discourse!, Guest Projects, London

Europe, Europe, SCONOSCIUTO (Alternative spaces project) Astrup Fearnley museum
Histerical Materialism,  Jerome Poggi gallery, Paris
Deprivation,  Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Poland
ARTONAUTICS, Gdansk City Gallery
Untitled… (Local Foreginers), Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow
Disparity and Demand, La Galerie, Noisy le Sec, Paris
Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, New Museum, New York

Tourist City, Pleridas museum, Larnaca, Cyprus
SIASAT,  15 th Jakarta Biennale
RE-ALIGNED ART,  Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway
The Collection as a Character,  M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
Enchanted Wanderer,  Centre for Culture  Garage” Contemporary Art, project in Chukotka

From Below, as a Neighbour ,  Drugo More, Rijeka Croatia
Adaptaion,  Steirischer Herbst 2012 Graz, Austria
It isn’t important, it’s only art… , Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Poland
Migrasophia,  Maraya Art centre, Sharjah, UAE

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Lerik Country of birth: Azerbaijan Date of birth: 1959 Lives in: Paris, France
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