Aidan is an Azeri and Russian artist based in Moscow and Carrara, Italy, who works in sculpture, painting, drawing and video. Revelations curated by Jenny Christensson will bring together new work, alongside works exhibited at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in 2012.
The veiled figure is the protagonist in Aidan’s enigmatic, often playfully erotic, narrative cycles, which contain references to traditional and religious symbols and which set out to deconstruct and challenge the patriarchal order. In this body of work the artist recreates the sealed-off feminine intimacy of the harem and appears to celebrate female hegemony and self-sufficiency. Revelations opens with two rooms dedicated to this earlier series.
The second half of the exhibition showcases new work, including a provocative video installation exploring the erotic potential of the veil, the archetype of the dominatrix and the fantasy of female domination and male submission. In her new sculptural work Aidan moves away from the veiled figure and returns to the human form with representations of both the female and male nude; these are rendered in granite or marble following the techniques and principles of classical sculpture, but the artist proposes new juxtapositions of male and female that subvert tradition and propose alternative terms of engagement.