Autumn 2002 (10.3)
Unocal Poster Competition
Unocal Khazar held its ninth annual
"Azerbaijan Today" Poster Contest Awards Ceremony on
May 23, 2002 at the Baku Art Center. The main theme of this year's
contest was the preservation and protection of Azerbaijan's ethnographic,
cultural and architectural legacy.
The Ninth Annual "Azerbaijan
Today" Poster Contest Awards Ceremony. Mike Barnes (center)
welcoming the art gallery visitors.
First place went to artist Vugar Ali, who dedicated two
of his posters to Shusha, the "cradle of Azerbaijani culture."
Shusha, located in the heart of Karabakh, was an important center
for Azerbaijani music and culture until Armenian military forces
occupied it in 1992. As with the other occupied territories,
Shusha and its important historical monuments are now in jeopardy.
Another of Ali's posters depicted the idea, "Azerbaijani
folk music is our most ancient memorial."
One of second-place winner Mirazer Abdullayev's posters depicted
Baku's Ichari Shahar (Inner City), also known as the "Old
City" by the foreign community. The integrity of this medieval
city and its surrounding fortress walls is being threatened by
modern construction projects and a lack of state protection for
historical monuments. Other entries emphasized that Azerbaijan's
architectural monuments need to be protected for future generations
As in past years, Unocal Khazar's contest exhibition also included
works from Galina Churilova's Studio of Ecological Posters at
the Tofig Ismayilov Palace for Children and Youth. Unocal Khazar
is proud to continue the tradition of this poster contest, held
in conjunction with the Baku Art Center, which serves as an expression
of the people of Azerbaijan. According to Mike Barnes, Unocal
Khazar's president, this year's exhibits were the best yet. Next
year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Poster Contest. Unocal
will celebrate this with the Baku Art Center by producing a catalog
retrospective of the excellent posters submitted to the contest.
It will be a chronicle of Azerbaijan's journey of independence
as seen through the eyes of its poster artists.
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