Carpets, Installations and Embroideries by Faig Ahmed

Faig Ahmed graduated from the Sculpture Department at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2004. Since 2003, he has been working with various media, including painting, video and installation. Currently, he is studying the artistic qualities of Azerbaijani traditional rugs – he disassembles their conventional structure and randomly rearranges the resulting components of the traditional composition then combines these fragments with contemporary sculptural forms.

I explore ancient traditions, cults and cultures. I do my own research and as it starts to speak to me, I create art. My carpets, installations and embroideries are the result of this interplay. It is fascinating to observe the process of such an easy transformation of such ancient and stable objects.

I am in love with textiles because fabrics are objects that humanity has been using from the beginning of time.. Another thing that interests me is the pattern of a piece. Patterns and ornaments can be found in all cultures, sometimes similar, sometimes very different. I consider them words and phrases that can be read and translated to a language we can understand.

My art is an experiment. I want to examine the subject matter to see how deep can we go inside something already created and to holistically observe the influence this kind of a journey can have on people.

What influences and inspires me the most are all kinds of travel. By saying travel I mean either physical travelling to other countries where I can find and explore traditions and cults spread of a certain territory; or travelling in my subconscious, using different practices and meditations.

There is something I believe: If you want to change the world, start with yourself.