Winter 2005 (13.4)
and White Realities of Stalin's Era
Art by Alakbar Rezaguliyev,
who was in exile for nearly 25 years
Alakbar Rezaguliyev (1903-1974) is one
of the very few Azerbaijani artists who survived Stalin's repression
and then came back to document some of his memories in sketches
and paintings. Amazingly, Alakbar spent nearly 25 years of the
prime years of his life in prison and in hard labor camps in
Siberia and Central Asia. He was arrested three times: (1) in
1928, when he was sent to Arkhangelsk to the Solovetsky Monastery
(see sketches No. 1 and 2); (2) in 1937, when he was sent to
Krasnoyarsk in Siberia (3) and finally in 1949, he was sent to
Altai, Central Asia. It was in Altai that he met and married
a German woman whose family had been prisoners of war.
The pretense for arresting Alakbar was that he was propagating
"pan-Turkism". Often he was arrested merely because
he was a friend of someone who was accused of being involved
in anti-government activities.
To read more about Rezaguliyev's life and see more examples of
his linoleum prints, search AZER.com: "Art As Memory: Alakbar
Rezaguliyev's Prints of Azerbaijan" by Jean Patterson. AI
10.3 (Autumn 2002). Also "Street Scenes from Yesteryear:
The Prints of Alakbar Rezaguliyev". AI 8.2 (Summer 2000).
Many thanks to Aydin Rezaguliyev,
the son of Alakbar and Berta, who keeps this print collection
in Baku and who provided us with the description and context
of his father's art work.
For more information or to purchase
prints, contact Aydin, the son of Alakbar Rezaguliyev in Baku
at Tel: (994-12) 439-4419 (studio), or mobile: (994-50) 374-2062.
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