Agil Abdullayev

Dear Michael

Full HD video
17 min
2017

Installation view at Nottingham Trent University
Based on a story of a male friendship, the video work "Dear Michael" reflects allegedly male characteristics with anecdotal interferences,questioning stereotypical gender classification. The work touches on topics such as: Is being shy part of the Azerbaijani culture? Should every Caucasian man master martial arts for self-defense? How big is the influence of Hollywood movies on Azerbaijani youth culture? The atmospheric mood ranges from aggressive, humoristic to tender sentiments underlined by social media tools such as smileys or instagram shots blurring clear boundaries of real and fictional becoming at the same time a social portrait.