Winning projects of the second open call for the artists announced
On January 8, 2018, Armenia Art Foundation announced 4 projects which received funding under its Financial Support for Art Projects program. The program is designed for artists and collectives working in different media, including performance art, photography, audio-visual, digital and media art, and art in public spaces.
Foundation’s Advisory Board selected the winning projects out of 40 entries by artists and artist groups from Armenia and Armenian Diaspora. Selected projects will be implemented in 2018.
Armen, Andrius Arutiunian (The Hague, The Netherlands)
Armen is an audio-visual installation made using audio and video materials which were produced by Armenian producers living abroad. The artist will deconstruct and recompose found materials, constructing their narratives anew. The work will be released as a vinyl installed together with a video projection. The work questions ideas of belonging, identity and appropriation through sonic and visual media.
The nature with blood, Mher Azatyan (Yerevan, Armenia)
During his research trips the artist aims to take photographs and compose artistic words to disclose the path of human. In his photographs he tries to convey a basic level of the everyday that everyone shares, no matter how different people may be in their hopes and their loneliness.
Arithmetical reality, Sahak Poghosyan (Yerevan, Armenia)
Arithmetical reality is about one of the most important feelings to create a person: sense of duty. A person must pay for everything, for his material, as well as mental needs, and in any situation this has to be very transparent. The person we meet must trust us, and believe that in our life we have never had a bounced check. The artist is to report society- in the form of an absolute work of art- for every Cent he paid for the last 20 years.
Dame Gulizar and other stories, Rebecca Topakian (Vincennes, France)
Dame Gulizar and other stories is a poetic and visual research investigating what builds familial and identity mythologies. 100 years after her grand father, whom she never got to know and who never talked about his past, came to France, and she decided to come to Armenia, looking for visual signs that recall her imaginary about what being Armenian is.
In 2017, Armenia Art Foundation held 2 Open Calls for artists and received 95 applications from Armenia and Armenian Diaspora, out of which 10 projects received financial support for implementation. Another Open Call will be announced in 2018, from January 10 to March 12, 2018.