Armenia’s pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia dedicated to the artists of the Armenian diaspora

Melik Ohanian, PRESENCE - Belongingness to Present

Melik Ohanian, PRESENCE – Belongingness to Present

In this symbolic year 2015, on the occasion of the one hundredth commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia has dedicated its pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia to the artists of the Armenian diaspora. It will be located at the Mekhitarist Monastery on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni. Vaporetti will leave for San Lazzaro every early afternoon from the Giardini.

The curatorial concept of Armenity implies the notion of displacement and territory, justice and reconciliation, ethos and resilience. Regardless of their place of birth, the selected artists carry within their identity the memory of their origins. Through their talent and willpower, these grandchildren of survivors of the Armenian Genocide—the first genocide of the 20th Century—rebuilt a “transnational assembly” from the remnants of a shattered identit y. Their ingrained concern for memory, justice and reconciliation skillfully transcends notions of territory, borders and geography. Whether they were born in Beirut, Lyon, Los Angeles, or Cairo and wherever they may reside, these global citizens constantly question and reinvent their armenity.

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WAAM artist and Board member Susan Asarian – Nickerson is sharing the Active artist wall with three Woodstock artists Robert Ohnigian, Sartis Simonian and Ani Tachdjian-Weiss  The show opens Saturday April 11th reception 4 – 6 pm in the lower gallery.




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