F37 union is an independent photography platform established in 2020 by Emin Mathers and Sharaf Naghiyeva. The main goal of the union is to build a healthy eco system that aims to connect communities around contemporary photography, support emerging authors in their career, develop photography market in the region, as well as widen the boarders of the community to international practice.
We started as an online platform and then developed to the physical space. The first exhibition was "Crossing Realities" where the works of three photographers Emin Mathers, Chichek Bayramly and Leyla Musaeva were presented, then, a month later, the second exhibition "a Letter" by Sharaf Naghiyeva and Fidan Nazimgizi was held at Nur Art House. As a next step we curated a group exhibition of 10 local photographers in Baku Photography House - "Defocused" about ecological issues in the region. In frames of it artist talks, meetings on ecological issues and movie nights were held. This experience shaped our path, brought new members on the way to the main goal. In 2022 we were presented on the KOLGA international photography festival presenting eight contemporary photographers.
Our community is open to new ideas, members and collaborations.
"Crossing Realities" photography exhibition
Emin Mathers, Chichek Bayramly and Leyla Musayeva 1 – 16 MAY 2021 in NUR Art Gallery
"a letter" photography exhibition
Sharaf Naghiyeva and Fidan Nazimqizi 19 – 27 JUNE 2021 in NUR Art Gallery
"DEFOCUSED" photography exhibition
10 Azerbaijany photographers 29 JUL - 15 AUG 2021 in BAKU Photography House
Talk with "Turkuaz Street Collective" photographers
Alphan Yilmazmaden, Tural Rahmanly, Rasul Guliyev 7 AUG 2021 Baku Street Photography Fest / NUR Art House
"EMERGENCY DOOR OF THE MUSEUM" Emin Mathers book presentation, author talk, exhibition
16 AUG 2021 Baku Book Center / Baku Street Photography Fest
Pop up exhibitions "EMERHENCY DOOR OF THE MUSEUM" Emin Mathers
- 20 - 25 AUG 2021 @Baku Photography House - 25 - 31 AUG 2021 @UCB - 25 - 30 SEP 2021 @Handycraft