ORKHAN MAMMADOV

New media artist working with a focus on the representation of middle eastern culture through innovative art-making methods.

a Artist Statement

New media artist & creative director, working with a focus on representing eastern culture through innovative art-making methods. Orkhan immersed himself in new media flows in global trends and became fascinated by local youth subcultures to investigate the redemption of history and culture. He examines the alternative conditions of cultural heritage perception with artificial intelligence & generative art. As a primary core of his practice, Mammadov focuses on how the cultural and historical codes integrate a new forward-looking medium, virtual reality, into contemporary views of our everyday life.

Born and raised in Azerbaijan’s culturally rich Ganja city Orkhan was immersed by his deeply personal interest in digitalizing and regenerating cultural heritage. His spatial juxtaposition is a kind of experiment that emerges for the audience, raising questions about the intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic implications of artificial visual cultural artifacts. By strong research-based practice, Orkhan’s works unquestionably display the significance of the traditions and history to understanding and caring for the legacy of tangible and intangible heritage assets from Azerbaijan and the Middle East.

Internationally he is recognized for his cultural data sculptures and dynamic carpet installations, which explore the alienation and escapism felt by a disaffected and displaced culture that casts itself as a fictional but physical element. The interplay between virtual and real worlds, utopia and dystopia, and the body and technology would remain major themes for Mammadov as his cultural commentary became increasingly pointed. Orkhan’s practice explores the relations between machine intelligence and cultural heritage as a conversation starter for such narratives. Using the Girih patterns and carpet illustrations as a dataset, he emerges the many official and unofficial emblems that represent the middle eastern’s cultural heritage to create digital alternatives for future generations.

d Biography

Orkhan Mammadov (b. 1990, Ganja, Azerbaijan) is a pioneering media artist from Azerbaijan who has emerged on the international scene since representing his home country in the Venice Biennial in 2019. He uses patterns and carpet illustrations as a dataset in his artificial intelligence & machine learning-driven cultural phygital data sculptures & paintings. His works reflect on the rapid and chaotic technological changes in the global context by rethinking middle eastern art & cultural heritage.

Orkhan exhibited at several international biennales, festivals, and fairs, including Art Dubai in Dubai, UAE (2022), Art Basel in Miami, USA (2021), Moscow International Contemporary Art Biennale in Moscow, Russia (2019), Venice Biennale de Arte in Venice, Italy (2019), Nasimi Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan (2018), Gamma Festival in ST. Petersburg, Russia (2018), IF Istanbul International Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey (2017), ACCU Festival in Prague, Czech Republic (2017), Dave Festival in Dresden, Germany (2017).

d Selected exhibitions & Shows

Art Dubai 2022

Theatre of Digital Art 2022

Miami Art Basel 2021

Future of Textile 2021

Contemporary Istanbul 2021

Venice Biennale 2019

Moscow International Contemporary Art Biennale 2019

Lunchmeat Festival 2019

Gamma Festival 2018

Dave Festival 2018

Lunchmeat Festival 2017

Intervals Festival 2017

YARAT Freestyle: 2 Point Perspective 2016

YARAT FreeStyle: VOID Project 2015

Yarat! Public Art Festival 2013