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A(r)mar Armenia - Introduction

Silvina Der-Meguerditchian

This exhibition presents 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.

A R M A R A R M E N I A (that means to build and to love Armenia in Spanish) brings together artists who have experienced a real and imaginary Armenia. The memory of the genocide and dreams of the survivors talk with the concrete Armenia, which existed behind the Iron Curtain and with the difficulties of life in the diaspora. Arguing different questions and concerns, all this videoworks conform a fragmented landscape, inspired by the spirit of questioning and (re) construct an identity. The video, a dynamic and hybrid language, offers good possibilities to accomplish this task. Acting as visual archaeologists and anthropologists Achot Achot, Tina Bastajian, Jean Marie Casbarian, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Archi Galentz, Kariné Matsakian and Garine 

Torossian dug from the bottom of Armenian Culture and extracted words, strokes and pictures that dialogue with the present. They resonate in the consciousness of many other migrants and are disposed according to the order of their own visual narratives. The works of this exhibition suggest to live the Armenian diaspora "not as exile and orphan-hood, a distant periphery of home, but as a network that includes, and go beyond the territorial Armenia" (Estela Schindel). They realize the challenges of the dispersion, integration and the challenge that means to deal with a dismantled nation and a diasporic life where the common places and small pettiness cohabit with generosity, warmth and the will to survive.

A R M A R A R M E N I A - Transnational Video Art. From 1st to 15th November at the Armenian Cultural Association Armenia 1366, Monday to Sunday from 14:00 to 19:00 h. Opening Saturday 1st November 18 to 20 h.

Founded in 2004 by Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Underconstruction was a communication platform for artists interested in issues of identity, transglobalization and the construction of both personal and groupconsciousness. Underconstruction is also interested in issues of concern to worldwide diasporas, including but not limited to the Armenian diaspora. 

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