Baku. 5 November. REPORT.AZ/ Peaceful coexistence of Jews and Muslims in Azerbaijan is one of the rare examples in the world," famous French scupltor and artist, UNESCO goodwill ambassador Hedva Ser said.
She noted that Jews live freely in Azerbaijan: "I have visited the synagogue in a village in Gyrmyzy settlement of Guba. I am the author of the trees of peace, erected in 12 cities of the world. My compositions reflect the symbols of the three religions. Baku is also one of the 12 cities where one of my handworks devoted to peace is erected at one of the magnificent squares. With the monument created in Croatia I tried to revive the history of European Jews. One of my compositions related to peace will be erected on one of the central avenues of Luxembourg at the proposal of the Luxembourg Ministry of Defense and another monument will be installed in Ukraine."
The French artist said that she was honored with the title of UNESCO's goodwill ambassador: "From that time I have been serving to promote peace through my handworks. By means of my sculptures I try to develop cultural diplomacy. Within the framework of UNESCO and with the support of this influential organization I arrange events bringing together the art figures of the conflicting parties. Working together, they create the art works, get inspiration from each other's works and show respect for each other's culture. I have proposed the initiative to organize such an event in Azerbaijan to bring together the art figures from the Caucasus and Central Asia. By bringing together the cultures and cultural figures we try to contribute to promotion of peace across the world."
Ser noted that Azerbaijan has a rich culture: "For long years I have been weaving Buisson carpets which form part of the French history. Carpets have an ancient history in France. I have a rich collection of Buisson rugs. The patterns reflecting Azerbaijan's rich experience in carpet weaving, style, colorful diversity of this national wealth are exhibited in the Baku museum. Today this art has become an inseparable part of Azerbaijani culture. Rich museums cannot be seen everywhere. But in Azerbaijan such museums constitute a majority. I am fond of Azerbaijani artists and their handworks. I highly appreciate Azerbaijani music, especially orchestra music and jazz, Azerbaijani dances. I paid my first visit to Azerbaijan seven years ago. At that time I discovered Icherisheher. From that time during each of my visits to Azerbaijan I create my paintings in Incherisheher and today all of them are an integral part of my private collection. Samples of ancient civilization combined with modernity created a perfect harmony in Azerbaijan. The Baku nights filled with lights are just magnificent. France and Azerbaijan always enjoyed mutual understanding. Today I am a vice-president of the Association of the Friends of Azerbaijan in France. I will continue to put every effort to promote Azerbaijani culture in France and at international events that I attend."