Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1967
Lives and works in Berlin
The artist is the granddaughter of Armenian immigrants to Argentina and was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. She grew up in Argentina and since 1988 lives in Berlin.
Her artistic work deal with issues related to the burden of national identity, memory, the role of minorities in the society and the potential of a space "in between".
Der-Meguerditchian is interested in the impact of migration in the urban space and its consequences. Her work uses different medias such as installation, video, sound, rugs, and performance. She is initiator of the platform for Armenian artists and curators Underconstruction, the first Armenian Diaspora representation at the 52.Venice Biennial, Underconstruction: Visual dialogue - Talking about identities in the Armenian
Transnation). Since 2010 she is artistic director of Houshamadyan
(www.houshamadyan.org), a project to reconstruct Ottoman Armenian town
and village life. Her projects were awarded with scholarships from the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Soros Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Goethe Institut, the Tufenkian Foundation, the City of Berlin, the German Foreign Ministry, the Anadolu Kültür Foundation and the Gulbenkian Foundation. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions around the world, including, among others, Germany, Argentina and Turkey.
In 2014 she spent a 6 months scholarship at the Kulturakademie Tarabya in
Istanbul, a residency program of the German Foreign Ministry and the Goethe
Institute. In 2015 she participated in "Armenity", the Armenian Pavilion at the 56. Venice Biennial, curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg that was awarded with the Golden Lion to the best national representation. In the fall 2015 she curated the project "Granchildren, new geographies of belonging" that took place as paralel event of the 14. Istanbul Biennial. In 2018 she is participating in, Hello World. Revising a Collection, a critical inquiry into the collection of the Nationalgalerie and its predominantly Western focus at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.