Removal of Aidan Salakhova’s Sculptures From the Pavilion of Azerbaijan in 54th Venice Biennal

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VENICE.- The following is the full and unedited statement issued by Beral Madra, the Azerbaijan pavilion curator for the Venice Biennale, regarding the Azerbaijan government’s decision to remove controversial artworks made by Aidan Salakhova for the Azerbaijan pavilion in the Venice Biennale. I was invited by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan to be the advisory curator of the exhibition of Azerbaijan Pavilion in 54th Venice Biennale. From September 2010 on I have worked with Mr. Chingiz Farzaliev, who acted as commissar and local curator. All the works of these artists have been evaluated in meetings in Baku and Venice. Aidan Salakhova has presented her sculptures in every detail which have been produced in Carrara and these works together with the works of the artist have been published in the catalogue and announced in the website from April 2011 on. 31st of May, when I