Sabina Shikhlinskaya - artist, independent curator.

d.o.b 1962, lives and works in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Graduated from V. Mukhina Institute of Arts, St Petersburg, Russia, and Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts. She is a pioneer of conceptual art development in Azerbaijan and holds a title of Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Republic. She is a member of the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan, a member of CIMAM from 2009.

S. Shikhlinskaya is an established Azerbaijani artist working in a range of media ranging from the site-specific and public art to mural paintings, performance and video art. She explores multimedia practices, using her cross-cultural background to create art works, including complex relationships between politics, historical memory and national identity.

She has participated in numerous Biennials and in the exhibitions held in National Galleries and Museums. Among them:  online “Le Biennali Invisibili”(2020); National Museum, Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, Russia (“Alanica” International Symposium, 2019), Casa delle Letterature, Rome, Italy (“Dangerous Red”, solo 2016); Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (“Memory and Continuity” Huma Kabakcı Collection 2016); Museum Wunderkammer, Halle, Germany (“Assoziationsraum” 2015); MoMA Baku (“Illusions”solo 2014); Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi (“Re-Museum” 2014); German Historical Museum, Berlin; Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy; Kumu Kunstmuuseum, Tallinn, Estonia (30th Council of Europe exhibition “The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945” 2012-13), MOCAK, Krakow, Poland (30th Council of Europe exhibition “Critique and Crises. Art in Europe since 1945” 2013); Documenta13, Kassel, Germany (Pavilion of Critical Art Ensemble 2012)

Since 1993 Sabina Shikhlinskaya has curated more than 70 exhibitions and projects in both Azerbaijani and international venues, with the priority of social subjects. In 2007 she was the curator of the Azerbaijan’s 1st pavilion at the 52nd Art Biennale in Venice.   

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