Timewave. Museum night at The Gallery of Aslamazyan Sisters


Artists: Vardan Harutunyan; Anna Vahrami
Curator: Sona Stepanyan

Armenia Art Foundation in the framework of the AAF – Exit to the cities new program commission an experimental audiovisual performance Timewave. Explore the permanent collection of the Museum, grab a drink at the bar and see a live performance from the artists Anna Vahrami and Vardan Harutunyan celebrating the ideas and work of painters Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyans’. 

Armenia Art Foundation launches a new annual program AAF– Exit to the cities aimed to support the engaging, collaboration and intervention by the artistic community into the life of cities of Armenia. We expect to straighten the inner links between professionals in different cities of Armenia and with a wider audience of these cities, as well as re-actualize and mark places on the country’s art map. The first vector of the program is realized during the Museum Night 2018 in the city of Gyumri and features partnership with The Gallery of Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan Sisters.

The heritage of the Gallery is a vivid example of distinctive, bright, bold and enriched with colorful palettes works tighten the freedom of imagination, will and powerful character. 

Influenced by the great teachers as Mikhail Larionov, Vera Mukhina, Kusma Petrov-Vodkin, Ilya Repin, Mariam and Eranuhi dedicated their artistic practice to such important issues of their time: fixing the role of women artists in the society and building an national identity in the turbulent times of the First and Second Republics of Armenia, WW2, Khrushchev Thaw, and Perestroyka. Born in 1907 and 1910 in Bash-Shirak village of Kars region they lived in between the Leninakan (Gyumri), Moscow and Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg). 

The audiovisual performance is a result of collaboration of visual artist Anna Vahrami and sound artist Vardan Harutyunyan, based on researching and rethinking the permanent collection and archives of The Gallery. 

Timewave as a digital experience was embraced and meant to enhance the physical experience of exploring the museum, and reveal whether is there a space for improvisation in a museum; could one “play” with the classic heritage of a museum?

The performance will embrace and reply to the six sub-discourses in the life and career of the Aslamazyan sisters exposed by the artists: gender and feminism; government procurement and self-colonization; conformism and personal and artistic freedom; family and identity; parallels in the art world. During the performance a live electronic sound composition is mixed in real time against a backdrop of live visuals created in response to the audio.

A small intervention to the Gallery’s exposition will also take a place for one month after the Museum Night. For the Gallery launch back in 1987 Mariam Aslamazyan created an exposition, uniting the works of the two sisters. Based on the archival sketches and notes AAF curator Sona Stepanyan together with the Gallery team will revive the part of Aslamayan’s exhibition plan.

Vardan Harutyunyan (b.1987) — is a composer, pianist, dj and sound artist. Graduated from The Sayat-Nova Music School (2003) and The Yerevan Komitas Conservatory (2009), Vardan has been composing electronic music, doing field recordings and practicing sound art since 2010. Harutyunyan had numerous collaborations with international artists and musicians: Marcus Beuter (Germany); Agathe Lepoutre and Antoine Janot (both France); Laureline Koenig (France) and others. Along with experimental music Vardan has a list of academic composition scores made mainly at the years of study, including chamber, choral and orchestral works. Selected solo and  group exhibitions and performances include notably About 880991 Times Slower (AJZ Space, Yerevan); Ruins Sounds (Yerevan); Piano meets Laptop (The Club, Yerevan); Another City or the “Other” in the City (Yerevan Modern Art Museum).  Lives and works in Armenia, Yerevan.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/vardanharutyunyans

Anna Vahrami (b. 1993) — is a visual artist working across installation, performance and video art.  In her works Vahrami raises questions of the accessibility of art in different societies, the role and place of the individual in society, the perception of aesthetics and often juxtaposing the private to the public. Anna holds bachelor degree in Industrial Design (Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, 2009-2013) and since 2016 has been studying at Baardia Dance Movement Laboratory. Vahrami  participated in numerous group exhibitions notably Place/Alternative/”what for” (ACCEA/NPAK, Armenia, 2016); Dienstag abend No. 90 (ICA, Armenia, 2017); Imagining the Future (ACCEA/NPAK, Armenia, 2014).