I have been witnessing this Caspian pollution time by time from my childhood. From 2016 while walking on Caspian side in the early morning a silent voice of the sea asked me to show its pollution. We usually prefer not to see unpleasant things and the economy of my country is based on oil, that's why there was no earthly reason to just complain about it. From that time I was looking for an aesthetic way to draw attention to this problem.

Time passed and again in one silent quarantine morning I found myself at the right time in the right place. Xazar showed pollution as beautiful as it can not be imagined, with the reflection of the symbolic landmark of the country. On one hand we are building gorgeous, shiny constructions, but on the other hand discard the stain to the surface of our priceless gift from mother earth - Xazar, Caspian sea.
Xazars'Surface / Oilbow 2021
Monoprint (edition of 1)
67X47 cm plotter print on waving glossy paper
White deep box frame
Fish's view / Oilbow 2020
Monoprint (edition of 1)
60X42 cm plotter print on pearl paper forex
White canvas frame
OilFish / Oilbow 2020
Monoprint (edition of 1)
42X30 cm UV print on mat paper
White high frame and grainy glass
Harmony & chaos / Oilbow
Monoprint (edition of 1)
2x 30X42 cm plotter print
2in1 passepartout
White frame
Sharing these observations and experiences with Leyli, some days later I got this poem in my mailbox. Reading these words the felt feeling was very familiar, this feeling when I heard the silent voice of Xazar.


Leyli Salayeva

I'm suffocating!
Why can't I feel the sun?
It heats me up,
but it doesn't get in.
Phytoplankton -
Are you alive? Do you grow?
I feel alone.
You hear me?
No, you only hear
Roaring waves
Its my cry of pain
While the fish in their silence
Vanish in disbalance
Oil is coating the feathers
This is how birds are tethered
My body is all stained
The colors entertain you
Shapes of toxic spectrum
Я задыхаюсь!
Почему я не чувствую солнца?
Оно нагревает, но не попадает
Во мне не рождается
Вы слышите?
Нет, вы слышите только
Шум диких волн.
Я кричу вам о боли
Пока рыбы безмолвно
Во мне умирают.
Смоченные нефтью
Крылья не взлетают.
Мое тело все в пятнах
А вас цвет развлекает,
Формы лживого спектра
Как красиво!
Но я задыхаюсь...
Между небом и морем
Живёт человек
Между небом и морем
Горький саундтрек
Липнет к вашим подошвам
Входит в ваши дома
Оставляя следы
То, что душит меня.
Xazar / Oilbow
C-type print
20 x 30 inch
The Caspian Sea is the most enclosed body of water on Earth, which is ranked as both lakes (endless reservoir) and seas (due to its very large size). Located on the Eurasian continent. Its length approximately from north to south is 1200 km, width from west to east - from 195 to 435 km.
The length of the coastline is estimated at about 6500-6700 km, with islands up to 7000 km. The area is approximately 371 thousand rubles. sq. km, maximum depth - 1025 m. More than 130 rivers flow into the Caspian Sea, of which the largest are the Volga, Ural, Terek, Sulak, Samur. The natural resources of the sea include over 500 species of plants and 854 species of fish, of which about 30 are of commercial importance: beluga, stellate sturgeon, sterlet, pike perch, sturgeon (about 90% of the world's sturgeon reserves), etc.
The forecasted hydrocarbon resources of the Caspian (oil and gas) are estimated at 18 billion tons of standard fuel, proven reserves - up to 4 billion tons. It is the second largest volume of oil and gas after the Persian Gulf.
The main pollution of the sea is undoubtedly oil. Oil pollution suppresses the development of phytobenthos and phytoplankton of the Caspian Sea, represented by blue-green and diatom algae, reduce oxygen production, and accumulate in bottom sediments. The increase also negatively affects the heat, gas, moisture exchange between the water atmosphere and the atmosphere. Due to the spread over large areas of the oil film, the evaporation rate decreases several times.
From the Caspian to the World Ocean, ships enter the Sea of Azov through the Volga-Don shipping channel.


What does Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenia
need to do to protect
Caspian sea from ourselves

Xazar / Oilbow on
Global Conversation 2020

Global Conversation 2020, 2nd Round / United Nations 75 / 01.12.2020 - 15.12.2020

"Crossing realities" photography exhibition

NUR Art House / Icheri sheher / 01.5.2021 - 16.5.2021
Platform Art

Guest project on "Closely" exhibition

NUR Art House / Icheri sheher / 01.5.2021 - 16.5.2021

"DEFOCUSED" photography exhibition

Baku Photo House / Icheri sheher / 29.7.2021 - 15.8.2021
doc-n: Lali Binyatova
Embassy of latvia X f3.7 union X Platform Art X BPH

Photography Charity Auction

Rotunda Hall / Landmark Hotel / 18.8.2021
Links to publications

View online kunstmatrix.com/global-conversation-2020

Xazar / Oilbow in virtual gallery of F.99 in
Google Arts and Culture

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