January 26, 2019
June 02, 2019
Honolulu Museum of Art
Faig Ahmed’s surreal textile sculptures incorporate and reinterpret traditional carpet-weaving techniques from his native country into hyper-contemporary forms. His intricately patterned weavings are manipulated through rending, pixelation, or distortion.
By reimagining time-honored crafts, techniques and materials, Ahmed deconstructs and remakes the visual boundaries of the medium, challenging both perception and assumption.
Ahmed (b. 1982, Azerbaijan) lives and works in Baku, and graduated from the sculpture department of Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in 2004. He represented Azerbaijan at the nation’s inaugural pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007, and has exhibited worldwide, including group and solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Rome, Dubai, and Moscow.
In 2013, Ahmed was nominated for the Jameel Prize 3 at Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. His works are in public collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Palm Springs Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, RISD Museum of Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Jameel Foundation.
This exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design. Ahmed’s work is also on display at Shangri La from January 19 to July 13, 2019.