INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION: ARMENIA 2018

 

 

Armenia, Yerevan
Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art
Aram Kachaturian Museum
Cafesijan Center for the Arts
Hayart Cultural Center
Artists’ Union of Armenia
A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theater
Armenian General Benevolent Union

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION: ARMENIA 2018


SOUNDLINES OF CONTEMPORARY ART
curated by Mazdak Faiznia and Marina Hakobyan

25 September – 25 October 2018
Official inauguration on Friday 28th of September, 19pm - National Gallery of Armenia

On occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Armenian Republic, Yerevan opens its doors to contemporary art with the “International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Armenia 2018. Soundlines of Contemporary Art” that from 25th of September to 25th of October will engage the capital city with more than fifty international artists exhibiting in seven different locations around the city center.

It will be the first exhibition that will include all the different aspects of contemporary art - paintings, sculpture, photography, video art and installations and performance, and which will create a dialog among a vast number of international artists coming from all over the world, invited to realize their artworks in situ as well as participate in several workshops with students from different art institutes. The objective is to involve as much territory as possible and to make it part of the artistic debate and highlight its vocation for cultural exchange. For this reason, it extends to the city with a widespread diffusion of the most important cultural centers such as: Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Aram Kachaturian Museum, Cafesijan Center for the Arts, Hayart Cultural Center, Artists’ Union of Armenia, A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theater, Armenian General Benevolent Union.

“Soundlines of Contemporary Art”, curated by Mazdak Faiznia and Marina Hakobyan, created and organized by Shaula International LLC, is under the high patronage of the Presidency of the Republic of Armenia and the patronage of the Canadian Government, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy, the cultural promotional project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy Vivere All’italiana, the Italian Embassy in Armenia and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, the EU Delegation to Armenia and Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU).

The exhibition focuses on key concepts such as cultural interaction, identity, mobility, the circulation of thought, the border as a real and mental threshold that divides and at the same time allows exchange and cultural dialogue. These important themes are also included in the title of “Soundlines of Contemporary Art” in which the link and the metaphor with the sound underlines the power of the voice of art. Similarly, to what happens in an orchestra in which the sound of the Armenian duduk integrates perfectly with the other instruments, the exhibition aims to reflect a cultural fusion in contemporary history and the global scene in which Armenian artists conversate with those from other Countries.

With visual metaphors and utilizing all the forms of aspects of contemporary art, these are the artists participating: Rossella Biscotti (Italy), Alighero Boetti (Italy), Loris Cecchini (Italy), Chiara Dynys (Italy), Roberto Pugliese (Italy), Lida Abdul (Afghanistan), Adel Abidin (Iraq), Diarrassouba Aboudalaye (Ivory Coast), Etel Adnan (Lebanon), AES+F (Russia), Shahriar Ahmadi (Iran/Kurdistan), Francis Alÿs (Belgium), El Anatsui (Ghana), Arevik Arevshatyan (Armenia), Chant Avedissian (Egypt/Armenia), Sonia Balassanian (Iran/Armenia), BGL (Canada), SanfordBiggers (USA), Christian Boltanski (France), Herman De Vries (Holland), Victor Ehikhamenor (Nigeria), Arman Grigoryan (Armenia), Shilpa Gupta (India), Arshile Gorky (Armenia), Diana Hakobyan (Armenia), Sarkis Hamalbashyan (Armenia), Mona Hatoum (Lebanon), Sahand Hessamiyan (Iran), Hiwa K. (Iraq/Kurdistan), Ilya & Emilia Kabakov (Russia), Lee Kit (China), Roland Emile Kuit (Czech Republic), Hiroyuki Masuyama (Japan) Sirak Melkonian (Iran/Armenia), Nasr Moataz (Egypt), Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam (Iran), Kevork Mourad (Siria), NeSpoon (Poland), Nicky Nodjoumi (Iran), Melik Ohanian (France/Armenia), Adrian Paci (Albania), Imran Qureshi (Pakistan), Jon Rafman (Canada), Sahak Poghosyan (Armenia), Tomas Rajlich (Czech Republic), Anri Sala (Albania), Ararat Sarkissian (Armenia), Tino Sehgal (United Kingdom), Walid Siti (Iraq/Kurdistan), Leon Tutundjian (Turkey/Armenia), Piotr Uklanski (Poland), Lawrence Weiner (USA), Sislej Xhafa (Kosovo), Sarkis Zabunyan (Turkey/Armenia), Chen Zhen (China), Karen Mirzoyan (Armenia).

The exhibition highlights a network of new expressions that come from the imagination of artists who filter the world through their identity and their social background and produce images that live in resonance or dissonance with the works of the artist, stretching from one end of the globe to another, in a vibrant and amazing connection.

ICAE2018 includes the “Project Open Sounds of Contemporary Art” realized through an open call with online application, with a final selection by the curators and that will be exhibited in the Artists’ Union of Armenia, represented by the following artists: Aram Danielyan (Armenia), Zack Demirchyan (Armenia), Anush Ghukasyan (Armenia), Anna Grigoryan (Armenia), Anna Harutyunyan (Armenia), Ashot Harutyunyan (Armenia), Tehmine Harutyunyan (Armenia), Arthur Hovhannisyan (Armenia), Aram Isabekyan (Armenia), Taramarcaz Josette (Switzerland), Zara Manucharyan (Armenia), Lilit Melikyan (Armenia), Paravon Mirzoyan (Armenia), Mary Moon (Armenia), Logo Oluwamuyiwa Adeyemi (Nigeria), Alessandro Pizzo (Italy), Maria Salmasian (Armenia), Arshak Sarkissian (Armenia). Furthermore, an Educational section will include several workshops in some of the leading art institutions of Armenia such as Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, Terlemezyan Institute, and State Fine Art Academy, held by, among others, Roberto Pugliese, Roland Emile Kuit, Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, and Victor Ehikhamenor.

The Exhibition will have an official catalogue in two volumes and in English, published by Manfredi Edizioni, with opening sections by the President of the Republic of Armenia, the Minister of Culture of Armenia, the curators Mazdak Faiznia and Marina Hakobyan, and by Shaula International LLC. Volume I is dedicated to “Soundlines of Contemporary Art” and Volume II is dedicated to “Project Open Sounds of Contemporary Art”.

Coordinates of the Exhibition
Title: International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Armenia 2018. Soundlines of Contemporary Art
Curated by: Mazdak Faiznia and Marina Hakobyan
Dates: 25th of September - 25th of October 2018
Inauguration: Friday 28th of September, at 19 - National Gallery of Armenia, 1 Aram Street, Yerevan, Armenia

Locations: 
Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, 1/3 Buzand Street, Yerevan, Armenia
Opening Hours Tuesday - Saturday, from 11-17
Aram Kachaturian Museum, 3 Zarobyan Street, Yerevan, Armenia
Opening Hours Monday – Friday, from 11-17; Saturday, from 11-16:30
Cafesijan Center for the Arts, 10 Tamanyan Street, Yerevan, Armenia
Opening Hours Tuesday - Thursday, from 11-17; Friday - Sunday, from 10-20
Hayart Cultural Center, 7a Mashtots Street, Yerevan, Armenia
Opening Hours Monday - Saturday, from 11-17
Artists’ Union of Armenia, 16 Abovyan Street, Yerevan, Armenia
Opening Hours Tuesday - Sunday, from 11-17
A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theater, 54 Tumanyan Street, Yerevan, Armenia

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, from 10-18
Armenian General Benevolent Union, 2/2 Melik Adamyan Street, Yerevan, Armenia
Opening Hours: Monday- Friday, from 9-18
Catalogue: Manfredi Edizioni, in English, with opening sections by the President of the
Republic of Armenia, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, the curators Mazdak Faiznia and Marina Hakobyan, and Shaula International LLC.
Entrance: Free
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