Archives for “Archive - Practice”

For this last episode of the first series, I would like to summarize the Archive -Practice proposition by way of some observations, which will also suggest the direction for the next phase of development. The first section of the proposition was developed through constructing dialogs and relations made by my interviews with people whose work represent different practices within the Armenian contemporary art field.

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 Raffi Davtyan, We This latest interview considers the notion of the archive from another perspective, from the perceptions (status, position and role) of woman within contemporary Armenian society, particularly in the art context.
Interview with Susanna Gyulamiryan

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 Soviet AgitArt. Restoration exhibition posterThe fourth episode introduces a project called Soviet AgitArt. Restoration which has recently been exhibited in 2008 at the BM SUMA Contemporary Art Center in Turkey, realized by two artists Samvel Baghdasaryan and Armine Hovhannisyan and curated by Beral Madra. The interview with two artists is interested in the project based on archival materials and also the different positions of involvement from two artists of different generations who are questioning the importance of the project as another model to transfer the artistic experience from the position of collaboration and education.

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Migration for Education - Student projectThe third part of Archive-Practice considers the Armenian Open University, Department of Fine Arts. Since the second part of the 1980s it was one of the spaces in Yerevan which was providing an alternative for the discussions, meetings and realization of different artistic projects, as well as focusing on Armenian contemporary art developments. In 1998 it transformed into a more official space, as Department of Fine Arts which continued to provide a unique type of art education.

Interview with Ruben Arevshatyan.

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International Summer School of Art Curator, Yerevan, Armenia. 2007During my posts, I will develop this Archive-Practice research proposition by focusing on four experiences based in Armenia. Each offers a concrete situation made interesting by their particular problematic and history. The second episode considers the International Summer School for Art Curators in Yerevan, which since 2006 is organized yearly by AICA Armenia.

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The listener - Armine Hovhannisyan These weekly posts will set up a dialogue within certain concrete practices in contemporary art which are trying to develop an alternative process of archiving. They will consider the process of archiving related with the present underlining the importance of the concrete practices and initiatives in the specific art situations and contexts. One aim of the process of archiving is to have an input and responsibility in terms of an educational and pedagogical sense, which will be examined as a tactic against the gaps in history and as a bridge between generations.

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