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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