Winning projects of the Third Open Call for the artists announced

On July 26, 2018, Armenia Art Foundation announced 4 projects which will receive funding under its Financial Support for Art Projects ​program. The program is designed for artists and collectives working in various media, including performance art, photography, audio-visual, digital and media art, and art in public spaces.

The Advisory Board of the Foundation selected the winning projects out of 34 entries by artists and artist groups from Armenia and Armenian Diaspora. The selected projects will be implemented in 2019.

DESCENDANT, Kamee Abrahamian (Newmarket, Canada)

DESCENDANT is an intergenerational, mixed media storytelling project that highlights the stories of six women from the artist’s ancestral lineage. The artist will create large-scale, mixed media artworks that kaleidescope the textural and elemental details of each story.

The artist’s intention is to foreground feminist narratives from their ancestry while unpacking their own diasporic-western lens throughout the process. The story and artwork will live as pairs in a home-like space, thus situating the work and the audience in a traditionally-domestic site. Building towards the discourse around what is/is not authentically feminist, DESCENDANT seeks to interrogate how one perceives and imagines into this discourse in regard to respective ancestry, history, and culture.

Audio-visual installation on memory and struggle, Vahram Aghasyan (Yerevan, Armenia)

The work is a collection of interviews with key people involved in social movements in Yerevan. It consists of two parts, the audio and visual. The sound is not illustrate of the image or vise versa, rather it is two things going on at the same time.

The audio is a collection of interviews conducted with activists from various movements. The role of the interview is not so much to trigger the memories of what was and how it all happened. On the contrary, it is a discussion on what is political, and what we can call political on the large scale. The visual part is a collection of digitally manipulated images, hand drawn on banners. Images collected from the personal archives are used for this purpose, with the banners featuring the logical and emotional carriers, rather than the historical aspect.

The Unwalled Room, Vigen Galstyan (Yerevan, Armenia)

The Unwalled Room is an installation composed of four photographic series that deal with issues of collective memory through its encounters with the photograph. Using archival, found and research images that deal with Armenia’s Soviet-era legacy, the artist explores the way photography constantly re-produces historical traces as new experiences, thus perpetually changing our perceptions of the past.

Combining curatorial methodologies developed over the last ten years together with aesthetic and conceptual interventions into the archive, the artist aims to create a body of four, sequential works that critically address the memory of Armenia’s 20th century past through its photographic traces. The artist explores how modern mythologies come to be shaped through the use of the photographic image and its subsequent dissemination as evidence, repository and staging of memory, and how photography can also become the means to ​unravel and ​dissect these constructions.

The First Street of a New Yerevan, Olga Zovskaya (Kiev, Ukraine)

The art project is focused on the urban public spaces that appeared in Yerevan during the paradigmatic shift toward modernist architecture and city planning in the Soviet Union at the beginning of the 1960s and on the new type of social relations and urban culture that formed in the city during the ’60s and ‘70s under the influence of this newly developed urban environment.

Addressing the experience of the Yerevan of the ‘60s, which was in many ways unique for the USSR of the time, gives an opportunity to look on the contemporaneity through the optics of that period, grasp in the testimonies of the past its lost utopian impulse, and helps to see alternative and possible ways for solving the spatial as well as socio-political crises of today.

The project is going to be implemented in the framework of the “Art Commune” International Artist-in-Residence Program (ACSL)