Born in 1959 in Lerik (Republic of Azerbaijan), Babi Badalov now lives in Paris.
Babi Badalov’s pratice is a constant exploration of the limits of the language. He is particularly interesting in the way that language is able to isolate individuals from the people who don’t share the same language. Thereby, the artist covers current geo-political topics that echoes his own personnal experiences.
Babi Badalov was recently in the spotlight for participating at the first ever Metaverse protest, by providing NFT t-shirts and protest signs to the participants. This follows the acquisition of three of his works by the Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid) in 2021, and more recently by the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art and the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam.
After having lived in Russian, he tried to settle in Cardiff (UK), but his asylium application was refused. Sent back in Azerbaijan, he finally got the right to stay and live in France in 2011.
Great traveler and poet himself, Babi Badalov often introduces his own texts in his work : by combinating it with manipulated political pictures, he creates installations, objects, paintings and happenings that he used to qualified as « visual poetry »
Several Babi Badalov’s artworks are part of international public collections such as the Museo Reina Sofia (Spain), the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art (France), the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam (Netherlands), FRAC Ile-de-France (France), FRAC Midi-Pyrénées les Abattoirs de Toulouse (France), Russian Museum in St. Petersburg (Russia), MuHKA Museum Contemporary Art Antwerp (Belgium), Azerbaijan State Museum of Art in Baku (Azerbaïjan), Kunstmuseum of Emden (Germany), Martigny Art Museum (Switzerland), Oetcker Collection in Bielefeld (Germany), Arina Kowner Collection in Zurich (Switzerland) and Zimmerli Art Museum (New Jersey, USA).