|Aidan Salakhova's sculptures, including the work "Waiting Bride" (right), have been covered by sheets|
|This the real Black Stone of the Kaaba in|
Mecca and is the focus of all Muslim prayer
it is the only thing that is allowed to be used for
intercession with Allah. After Muhammad successfully
defeated his relatives for control of the Kaaba,
he ran over and kissed the stone.
A practise to this day Muslims try to emulate.
Allah was the supreme God of the Kaaba in
Muhammad's family were keepers of the Kaaba
for 700 years before Islam. Allah was said to have
three daughter ~ mentioned in Koran 53:19.
Find out more about Allah's Daughter here.
“I am very surprised as the Azerbaijan government was aware of the works I planned to bring to Venice,” Salakhova told The Art Newspaper. In the official press material for the pavilion, she had written: “I am very proud to represent Azerbaijan, a secular country where Islam and civility are closely woven together.” The Azerbaijan Culture Ministry could not be reached for comment.
The artist is presenting “Destination”, her first sculptures, in Venice. Salakhova, who was a co-founder of First (the Soviet Union’s first contemporary art gallery in 1989) before opening the Aidan Gallery in 1992, intertwines modern and mystical imagery, and has an interest in gender and Islamic themes and their interconnection. Her sculptures in Venice, some of which weigh more than a tonne, are on display at Palazzo Benzon (to 27 September).