Mapping Friendship: the Challenges of the Contemporary Art Scene in Armenia – Taguhi Torosyan

Mount Ararat, Arax Nerkararyan, oil on canvas, 1991

In the last 20 years of Armenian independence, the country’s art scene has experienced complicated conditions. This is partially due to the economic collapse common to many post-Soviet countries, but also to specific challenges that emerged in the late 1980s: the war with Azerbaijan, the economic blockade, the consequent crisis, and large-scale immigration. A lot of art and cultural workers fled the country. Those who remained had to focus on surviving the difficult period. Continue reading.

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Disclaiming and Reclaiming the Public – Ruben Arevshatyan

hey bro, are you shooting in order to show it on the TV afterwards, Mher Azatyan, 2005. Courtesy of the artist's archive.

Within these last 5-6 years, it has been possible to perceive an increasing wave of public activism, in the capitals of former Soviet republics, supporting the protection of urban buildings and spaces which served public functions during the Soviet period. Continue reading.

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Gendered Space and Political Statement In Armenia – Arevik Martirosyan

Action «Take back the night» in Yerevan, photo by Lara Aharonyan

The  idea  of  this  research  was  originally  about  studying  the  dynamics  of  development  and  restructuring  of  public  spaces  in  Armenia  from  the  viewpoint  of  the  gender  component  of  social processes. Continue reading.
See the Russian version here.

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