Azerbaijan Kanga Flag

Azerbaijan kanga Queer pride flag
Azerbaijan kanga Queer pride flag

Azerbaijan Kanga Flag


Kanga Quote translation:

“This world is not strong enough to stand my colours " - Isa Shahmarli's last words

This is the TRTL kanga honoring Azerbaijan's Queer history.

Homosexual acts have been legal in Azerbaijan since the year 2000 but the country is still quite homophobic to its Queer community, and because of this Azerbaijan has been rated as the worst place in Europe to be gay (2016 and 2017). Isa Shahmarli - who is featured in the kanga - was an activist who created the LGBT organization Azerbaijan Free LGBT (or AZAD LGBT, also featured in the kanga) and carried out extensive projects in Azerbaijan. Even though he had the opportunity to leave the country and lead a more normal life outside of it, Isa chose not to so that he could implement as many projects as he could in Azerbaijan for its LGBT community. Isa eventually committed suicide on the 22nd of January, 2014, by hanging himself with a rainbow flag after feeling that the homophobia in his society had gotten to him. Part of his last words (which are featured in the kanga quote) also inspired the design choice to create a space where all his spirit – or his ‘colour’, as he put it – could finally be held and celebrated. The day of his death is also marked as LGBT Pride day by the Queer community in Azerbaijan.

The margin of the kanga features a design inspired by the Qiz Qalasi (which is also known as the Maiden Tower) and is a symbol of forbidden love in Azerbaijan. This design honours the book "Artush and Zaur", a love story between two fictional men: Artush (an Armenian) and Zaur (an Azeri). Written by Alekper Aliyev, the book was published in 2009 and negatively received in Azerbaijan: none of the publishing houses in the country agreed to print it, and the police even ordered that the book be withdrawn from bookshelves at a store in Baku.

This kanga is printed on polyester flag material and measures 1 by 1.5 metres.

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