September 30, 2017

Location: Baku, Bayil District

Organizers: Pillə platform in collaboration with CEC ArtsLink


‘Urban Olum' Public Art Festival organized by the Pillə urbanist initiative in Bayil concludes with a public exhibition on September 30 in the Bayil District of Baku. “Urban Olum” is inspired by the Azerbaijani phrase "Qurban Olum" that signifies a person who is willing to sacrifice everything to reach his goal. With this in mind, the Festival strives to stimulate local residents to participate in shaping their neighborhood and its public life. In the long-term, the Festival aim to encourage Baku residents to be more engaged in the transformation of public spaces through public lectures about the experience of the Festival held in Bayıl.


During the past two weeks, four local and three foreign artists have been working with the Bayıl community and municipality to create a variety of installations in different locations. One of the venues transformed within the festival is a small park at the intersection of Əlibeyov Qardaşları and Aydin Mammadov streets.


The following installations are located in the park:

Vahid Ali “Community Gardening in Urban Neighborhoods"

Samir Salahov "Entertainment medium for idle people"

Vusal Rahim "My reflection in the mirror"

Gafar Rzayev "Installation of outdated items"

Stefan Rusu "Public Loggia"


In addition, a project by Alexander Khadyakov and Natalya Nemkova from the MONOGROUP Architects Association called “Vantage point” will create a public leisure spot at the entrance of a nine story building with a breathtaking view of the city. While roaming in the streets of Bayil district you may also stumble upon the graffiti works of Samir Salahov.


The Urban Olum Festival is organized by Pillə platform in collaboration with CEC ArtsLink as part of the Platform Art Prospect project.


Pillə platform was established in 2015. The team works on topics around urban research, informal education and public art projects. As an architects’ studio, Pillə acts as an alternative local platform. Overarching goal of the members is to develop ideas for interacting with people, to stimulate new ideas in the use of urban space, to explore urban structures and public behavior patterns.


CEC ArtsLink promotes international communication and understanding through collaborative, innovative arts projects for mutual benefit. We support and produce programs that encourage the exchange of visual and performing artists and cultural managers in the United States and 37 countries overseas. As an international organization, we believe that the arts are a society's most deliberate and complex means of communication and that the work of artists and arts administrators can help nations overcome long histories of reciprocal distrust, insularity and conflict.