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YARAT delights art enthusiasts with new group exhibition

02 June 2023 [17:21] - TODAY.AZ
By Azernews

Laman Ismayilova

YARAT Contemporary Art Space has delighted art enthusiasts with a new group exhibition titled "Guilty Pleasure".

Speaking about the exhibition, the project curator Zahra Mammadova said that the exposition includes installations, photographs and illustrations by nine artists, Azernews reports.

Guilty Pleasure displays art works by emerging local artists, such as Aghaali Sadirli & Nailya Dadash-zade, Malak Bayramli, Aghababa Baghirov, Nihad J., Tamerlan Khalilov, Tamilla Mammadova, Nigar Samadzade, Narmin Zeynalli and 'Kobranin olum reqsi' at ARTIM Project Space.

Guilty Pleasure is a social term indicating something pleasurable that induces usually a minor feeling of guilt.

The exhibition challenges traditional notions of taste and authenticity through a curious exploration of ever-evolving popular aesthetics through the realms of kitsch, imitation of originality, and consumerism culture. Kitsch, in all its boldness, becomes a focal point in this exhibition, celebrating its undeniable glamour and delving into its versatility. In an age of relentless consumption and mass production, the traditional hierarchy of high values and kitsch becomes blurry.

It embraces the superficial by bringing forward exaggerated sentimentality, instant emotional gratification, and effortless consumption in an ironic way.

Guilty Pleasure is a sarcastic wit to established norms of values and aesthetics, inviting the viewers to celebrate and embrace the joy in guilty pleasures and to reflect on the "something is so bad, it is good" paradox.

Expanding this idea, the exposition challenges conventional ideas of taste, encouraging one to examine personal biases and confront the cultural expectations that dictate what is considered acceptable or desirable.

The art Project juxtaposes the complex aspects of individual identity, lifestyle, traditions, pop culture, and value systems through aesthetics in the social context and aims to be challenging, eccentric, hilarious, and playful, making you laugh and cringe all at once.

The event will run at ARTIM Project Space from June 1 to September 3. The exhibition opens Tuesday through Sunday (12:00-20:00).

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