EXTENSION.AM: Geographical Experience
08.11.2018 - 24.02.2019
Volga-Vyatka branch of NCCA as part of ROSIZO
Exhibition 'EXTENSION.AM: Geographical Experience'
The new project ‘EXTENSION.AM: Geographical Experience’ brings together the works of eighteen contemporary artists from Armenia. This is a continuation of the exhibition series that was successfully held in 2016 and 2017 in the Arsenal – ‘EXTENSION.KR. 10 contemporary South Korean artists’ (Korean art) and ‘EXTENSION.LV: Meeting with Oneself’ (Latvian art).
The first contemporary artexhibitions in Armenia took place in the 1980s, during the times of perestroika. Despite the iron curtain, trans-avant-garde, pop art and abstractionism came into Armenia and became deeply rooted there, which later became the foundation of the art process. In the 1990s, the art market began to emerge in the country, new educational and artistic institutions emerged, actively supported by the state and the international diaspora. The emergence of the Gyumri Biennale of Contemporary Art in 1998, the first exhibition of this format in the post-Soviet space, testifies to how intense this process was.
The contemporary Armenian art scene continues to evolve. In 2015, the national Armenian pavilion received the Golden Lion, the main awardat the 56th Venice Biennale. In 2017, the first Standard Contemporary Art Triennale, named after the eponymous first avant-garde Armenian magazine, took place in Armenia — in Yerevan, Gyumri, on the Sevan Lake and in several historical museums across the country.
These events show that in recent yearsthe Armenian artists have increasingly turned to their own culture, history, customs, everyday life, social processes, using a research approach and rethinking important socio-political problems. Following this logics, only those artists who live and work in Armenia were invited to take part in theexhibition, despite the fact that the the Armenian diaspora around the world is almost three times as big as the population of the country itself.
The exhibition will feature works that touch upon the themes of memory, trauma, reflection on the Soviet past and anxiety that came after independence.
Artists: Sona Abgaryan, Vahram Aghasyan, Arevik Arevshatyan, Diana Hakobyan, Vahagn Hamalbashyan, Edgar Amroyan, Karen Barseghyan, Arman Grigoryan, Ruben Grigoryan, Garik Yengibaryan, David Kareyan, Astghik Melkonyan, Hamlet Hovsepyan, Karen Ohanyan, Arthur Sarkissian, Manan Torosyan, Grigor Khachatryan, Tigran Khachatryan (Armenia).
Curators: Kristina Romanova (Moscow) and Eva Khachatryan (Erevan).
Exhibition opening will be held on November 7 at 19:00. The admission to the opening is free.