Curated projects

Auf Mnemosynes Wohl!

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The central piece in the exhibition is the eponymous installation Auf Mnemosynes wohl! (To Mnemosyne's Health!) in the foyer of the Gorki. A mnemothek that gathers together differentmaterials: videos, books, photographs and sculptures by Archi Galentz (Moscow/Berlin), Gariné Torrosian (Canada), Achot Achot (Yerevan/ Paris), Jean Marie Casbarian (USA), Karine Matsakian (Yerevan), Maria Bedoian (Buenos Aires), Mikayel Ohanjanian (Yerevan/Florence) and Silvina Der-Meguerditchian (Buenos Aires/Berlin). The work of artist Archi Galentz is represented by two larger pieces. In Cut out walls, he addresses aspects of belonging and escape using fragments of walls from different times and places. In the series Not Red Banners, he uses layers of fabric to build images of a vibrant colour that correspond to the red of the Armenian flag. In cooperation with the Houshamadyan association, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian developed the Armenische Musikbox (Armenian Jukebox) with a collection of songs from Armenians. This collection of music and the concluding installation Objekte, die Geschichten erzählen (Objects that tell stories) try to reconstruct everyday life and artistically fill the gaps in Armenian collective memory through art.


In the photo above appear the following works:

Afactum (video), 2008, by Achot Achot

Music for a Home (video), 2001, by Karine Matsakian

Introverted Perspective (metal sculpture), 2012, by Mikayel Ohanjanyan

Serie Coral Galaxia (gypsum sculpture), 2015, by Maria Bedoian

Girl from Moush (video), 2005, by Gariné Torossian


Works by different artists (please click on the image for detailed information)

Works by Archi Galentz


Works by Silvina Der-Meguerditchian



Photos of the installation



Zentrales Werk der Ausstellung ist die titelgebende Installation Auf Mnemosynes Wohl! Eine Mnemothek, die verschiedene Medien zusammenbringt: Videos, Bücher, Fotografien und Skulpturen von Archi Galentz (Moskau/Berlin), Gariné Torosian (Kanada), Achot Achot (Jerevan/Paris), Jean Marie Casbarian (USA ), Karine Matsakian (Jerevan), Maria Bedoian (Buenos Aires), Mikayel Ohanjanian (Jerevan/Florenz) und Silvina Der-Meguerditchian (Buenos Aires/Berlin). Mit zwei größeren Arbeiten ist der Künstler Archi Galentz vertreten. In Cut out walls thematisiert er Aspekte der Zugehörigkeit und der Flucht anhand von Wandfragmenten aus verschiedenen Orten und Zeiten. In der Serie Not Red Banners konstruiert er mittels des Schichtens von Stoffen Bilder in einer vibrierenden Farbe, die dem Rot der armenischen Flagge entstpricht. In Kooperation mit dem Verein Houshamadyan entwickelte Silvina Der-Meguerditchian die Armenische Musikbox mit einer Sammlung armenischer Lieder. Diese Musiksammlung ist wie die abschließende Installation Objekte, die Geschichten erzählen der Versuch, armenischen Alltag zu rekonstruieren und künstlerisch Lücken im kollektiven Gedächtnis der Armenier zu schließen.

53. Venice Biennial - Voulou/Obligé (2009)

The exhibition VOULU / OBLIGÉ, outskirts of a small contradiction is part of a large-scale project called Underconstruction that has been in existence since 2005. Since its inception it has served as a platform for Armenian artists to ponder, discuss and analyze sensitive issues in a globalizing and increasingly technologically sophisticated world, namely: identity, nationality, citizenship and social cohesion. One of the outcomes of this process is currently on display as part of the Krossings platform, a collateral event of the 53rd Venice Biennale. The artists—whose powerful commitment to the project can be seen as a metaphor for the rhizomatic construction of the transnation—propose images which do not claim to speak with one monolithic voice or to possess the solidity of nationalist symbols, but rather aim to act like various thread composing a large tapestry.

ThisPLACEd : Virtual - Real- Inbetween ( Tallin - 2009)

The exhibition thisPLACEd real • virtual • in between in Tallinn aims to show this transnational and hybrid identity model and to juxtapose it with the arising understanding of Estonians in a post-Soviet framework “on the way” to becoming a full member of the European Union. The Armenia related artists of the platform under_construction invited Estonia related artists to participate in an open process, a visual-virtual dialog using a blog format as an artistic tool for exchange (from January to December 2008) with the goal of developing an exhibition in Tallinn.

A(r)mar Armenian - videoworks (Buenos Aires - 2008)

This exhibition presented works by 7 artists of Armenian origin from Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires and Yerevan. The exhibition will take place from 1st to 15th November at the Armenian Cultural Association of the City of Buenos Aires.
Artists: Achot Achot, Tina Bastajian, Jean Marie Casbarian, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Archi Galentz, Kariné Matsakian and Garine Torossian.
A(R)MAR   ARMENIA - Transnational Video Art. From 1st to 15th November 2008 at the Armenian Cultural Association Armenia 1366

52. Venice Biennial - Talking about identity in the Armenian Transnation (2007)

The exhibition " UNDER_CONSTRUCTION":Talking about identities in the Armenian transnation is meant as an experimental play. It presents a forum for frank dialogue on questions relating to identity, the potential for an Armenian identity beyond defined borders and notions passed on for generations, such as nationality, tradition and language. On display are works by seven artists of Armenian descent whose biographies resemble a cultural patchwork. All of them are multi-lingual and grew up in diverse cultural contexts. The nomadic, hybrid nature of their existence not only enables them to move effortlessly in different languages and cultures as international artists, but also shapes a kind of culture in which identity is a paradoxical, fleeting and constantly changing process. Remembering their Armenian roots – the search for the lost garden – has become the driving force behind the visual dialogues and creative work of Achot Achot, Emily Artenian, Andrew Demirdjian, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Dahlia Elsayed, Archi Galentz and Sophia Gasparian.

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