A happy look-back on HAYP3.0

Our third art exhibit “The Scale of Life” finished last week, on September 7. 

After having installed and removed dozens of spotlights, hanged and unhooked the artworks, and organized 5 events over 10 days of exhibition, you might think this should now be holiday time for us… but it isn’t – the HAYP Team is on the move again!

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Taking down the exhibit. Credits: HAYP

Last week, after (well-deserved) celebration following the end of the exhibit, we were already on the lookout for new locations, and actively planning our next exhibition.

But before we go on and announce our upcoming project, let us first give credit where credit is due: none of our HAYP shenanigans would be possible without the help and support of so many people around us.

Thank you!

From the very beginnings of HAYP, we were lucky enough to collaborate with like-minded people who helped us pop up around Yerevan. For this exhibition in particular, we teamed up with DZOOK Pop Up Restaurant on our opening night – they provided a delicious culinary experience for our guests through a special fish tasting that was in perfect accordance with our exhibition theme inspired by water and its mythical creatures. The degustation was paired with a variety of delicious white wines, courtesy of Karas wines.

It was also amazing to work with Yerevan Residence. Irina and Nvart from reception were always helpful and smiling, occasionally even providing coffee during much needed work hours! Obviously, transforming empty penthouses into trendy art galleries is what we do, but the EL media team also took wonderful photos of our opening night, and will feature us in their bilingual “El Style” magazine this month. Exciting!

For the third time in a row, The ScREenery generously lent us their projector and hosted a film event in our space. The Luys Foundation team was kind enough to lend us dozens of chairs for the whole duration of the exhibit.

Thank you also to Green Bean, Artbridge, and Calumet for helping us sell and distribute tickets to opening night.

Artists, performers

Seven artists re-interepreted the vishap with different approaches and media – Melissa Finkenbiner, LUSKA, Félix Romanos, Moushegh Mkhitaryan, Avetik Vardanyan, Hrachya Vardanyan, and Alice Dunseath. Thank you also to ARLOOPA for generously sponsoring their programming work that added tech to LUSKA’s amazing mural. This was a definite hit at opening night, along with the electronic music performance by Joseph Zakarian, our special DJ from Amman who generously contributed to our project.

During our event week, the performers each brought a new crowd to the gallery, and helped interpret the exhibition from different perspectives – an archeology talk, an avant-garde theater performance, contemporary dance, and sound installation…

On Wednesday, Armen Martirosian gave a concise talk about pagan Armenia during the Urartean period, before engaging in a conversation with the public. He showed us the amazing artifacts he and the archeological team have been discovering at the site of Karmir Blur… and probably stirred up a few archeological vocations right then and there.

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Armen Martirosian’s talk. Photo credits: HAYP

On Friday, Aram Atamian presented “in her plenty”, a solo theater performance that left many spectators with their jaws floored… among other limbs, because with nearly 100 people attending, we couldn’t secure seats for everyone.

We were so awed by Aram’s poignant, witty performance that we decided to run it again the next night. This time around the vibe amongst our smaller group was more intimate, leading to a spontaneous talk-back with the performer who explained how he came up with the idea of mixing Shakespeare, gay chat-roulette and Beyoncé in one piece. 

Caution: below video has adult content.

We hosted a very special performance on Monday for our closing night. On the rooftop of the gallery, BA-AR-DIA Dance Studio (and therapy) performed a contemporary piece choreographed by Hasmik Tangyan, with a sound installation by LSD. The result was an eerie, beautiful show, with Mount Ararat and Yerevan sunset-lit roofs as a background.

We were happy to get media coverage for this event. CivilNet.am filmed the whole performance and interviewed our curator Anna K. Gargarian, along with the choreographer, Hasmik Tangyan, and the head of ICA Yerevan Nazareth Karoyan.

Our core support network – volunteers, friends, family

As we set up the exhibition and organized the events, we relied heavily on an extended network of dedicated volunteers… and our loved ones who gently got drafted for HAYP.

The amazing Liana Dashyan and Lusine Vardanyan translated our exhibition materials (wall text, wall labels, press release and social media) from English to Armenian. Anna Hakobyan, Mary Hakobyan and Nairi Khatchadourian also helped with occasional translation issues- thanks!

Our friend Lilit Markosian (one of the first HAYP artists, from the exhibtion “Frame of Mind”) created beautiful graphics for our event PR.

For photography, a warm thank you to our dear friend Karine Vann for her work on opening night. Also thanks to volunteer students Helena Grigoryan, Isaac Bulanikian, Alexandra Bejanyan, and Gugo Tadevosyan from Chantal Terzian’s art class for their assistance.

My sister Sévane Poulain filmed all of our events with her camera, and prepared a video montage of the whole exhibition. Also for filming, thank you to Areg Kozmoyan, Lucine Bekaryan and Peter Liakhov for recording Aram Atamian’s performance.

Several other friends like Garni & Arbi helped out in many ways, big or small. Carrying artworks, chairs, tables, lending electric teapots, buying us coffee, putting up the HAYP signs along the road to Yerevan Residence. For all this, thank you janiks!

Last but not least, we’d like to extend a warm-felt “thank you” to our network of fans: those who never miss an exhibition, who invite their own friends and family to join, share our projects on social media and give us great feedback.

We are also very happy that so many of you noticed the latest art addition to our gallery. It’s a contemporary art installation highlighting the neo-liberal and ecological tragedy of our times: oceans being emptied of their magical creatures (water dragons, vishaps and other goldfish) to be filled, instead, with money. Seriously, thanks for giving some love to our new homemade donation fishbowl – we greatly appreciate!

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Our donation fishbowl (it was full at one point!) | Credits: HAYP

Sad to say goodbye to this exhibition? You don’t have to! We’ll pop up again soon, and in the meantime, you can get a limited edition print of Luska’s mural, signed by the artist, to bring augmented reality to your home! Available in medium/large size at respectively USD 50 and USD 150. Contact us at info.hayp@gmail.com!

Anna K. Gargarian, our curator, holding a print of Luska's work. This photo was taken with the ARLOOPA app! Photo credits: HAYP

Anna K. Gargarian, our curator, holding a print of Luska’s work. This photo was taken with the ARLOOPA app! Photo credits: HAYP

Charlotte Poulain & Anna K. Gargarian

When Street Art meets Augmented Reality

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Photo credits: Luska – Graphics: Lilit Markosian

For the first five days of our exhibit « The Scale of Life », visitors have been intrigued by a very innovative artwork on show at the gallery.

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Photo credits: ARLOOPA

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Photo credits: ARLOOPA

On the right side of the gallery stands « Vishapunette » (Dragonette), the first augmented reality art piece in Armenia. The mural was created by artist LUSKA and augmented with the technology of ARLOOPA, a Yerevan-based IT start-up.

Luska created a mythical creature of her own, a woman-serpent-dragon from her  “Part Time Alien” series in which she morphs imaginary aquatic and cosmic creatures. When scanned with the ARLOOPA app on a smartphone or a tablet, the creature becomes alive!

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Artist Luska scanning “Vishapunette” with the Arloopa app. Photo credits: ARLOOPA

Intense and playful, « Vishapunette » is a definite highlight for all our visitors, from tech-lovers to kids… and former kids.

Luska is a Yerevan-born painter, filmmaker and street artist. Her work and studies took her around the world, from Baltimore to Paris and now San Francisco…

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Photo credits: Luska – Graphics: Lilit Markosian

Our curator Anna K. Gargarian was first contacted by Luska in July – upon seeing her bold, unique style, she immediately booked her for HAYP’s upcoming « The Scale of Life » exhibit.

Luska used water-based paint to create the mural, which took three days to finish. She then worked tirelessly for a few more days with the ARLOOPA team to make her creature come alive.

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Luska working on the mural. Photo credits: Yerevan Residence

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Luska’s mural “Vishapunette”, augmented by the ARLOOPA app. Photo credits: HAYP

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The art “pops out” of the wall when you move around it. Photo credits: HAYP

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Augmented Reality can be dangerous… Photo credits: HAYP

Luska’s augmented reality piece was a real success – to the extent that several people asked why the other artworks at the gallery weren’t augmented as well.

You might think it’s apsos (« too bad ») to have this amazing marriage of street art and technology last only the duration of the exhibit… But the magic doesn’t end here – we printed posters of Luska’s work, and the ARLOOPA app works on them as well. Those posters are exclusive limited edition prints signed and numbered by Luska herself. You can come see us at the gallery and bring home your own magical artwork!

Anna K. Gargarian, our curator, holding a print of Luska's work. This photo was taken with the ARLOOPA app! Photo credits: HAYP

Anna K. Gargarian, our curator, holding a print of Luska’s work. This photo was taken with the ARLOOPA app! Photo credits: HAYP

We’re excited to collaborate more with ARLOOPA in the future, so make sure you download their app (it’s free!) and look out for more augmented reality artworks at the next HAYP exhibits…

To see Luska’s work before it get’s taken down, and to get your own limited edition prints, you can visit HAYP Pop Up Gallery at Yerevan Residence, 186/11 Antarayin Street, 6th floor. We’re open from 4PM to 9PM everyday until Monday, September 7.


*** You can follow Luska on Facebook and on her website ***
*** You can follow ARLOOPA on Facebook, Twitter, and download their app for free***


Where to find us?

HAYP Pop Up Gallery
6th Fl (Penthouse) of Yerevan Residence
186/11 Antarayin St, Yerevan
For directions: Concierge 011-61-01-11/091-000-107

Charlotte Poulain

Opening night – “The Scale of Life”

On August 28th, we opened our third exhibition « The Scale of Life », on the 6th floor of the Yerevan Residence.

For the opening night, we decided to team up with DZOOK, the 1st Armenian Pop Up restaurant, which served delicious, local cured fish to our guests. DZOOK just got started by food enthusiasts Arine Aghazarian and Victoria Aleksanyan – Friday night was their grand opening!

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Photo credits: Yerevan Residence

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Photo credits: Yerevan Residence

We kicked off at 7PM with fine white wine, courtesy of Karas Wines. Anna K. Gargarian, curator of the exhibition, and DZOOK founders Arine Aghazarian and Victoria Aleksanyan all said a few words to welcome the guests and explain the concept of both the exhibition, and the Pop Up restaurant.

Around 100 people attended, among those delegates from the United Nations, Kolba labs, TUMO center, LUYS foundation, the US embassy, REPAT Armenia and the Armenia Tree Project… Several guests told us that « The Scale of Life » was their favorite HAYP exhibit so far. With seven artists participating in the exhibit, we had very different styles on show at the gallery; photography, installation, sculpture, painting, street art… Each artist interpreted in their own way the « Vishap », and thus reawakened this ancient symbol of life and water in pagan times.

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Photo credits: Yerevan Residence

For the first time in Armenia, an augmented reality art piece was presented. “Dragonette” is a mural created by artist Luska and augmented with the technology of Arloopa, a Yerevan-based IT company. Upon downloading the free Arloopa app with their smartphones or tablets, the guests were able to enjoy a 4D artistic experience. The creature created by Luska, a woman-serpent-dragon from her “alien series”, becomes alive, and “pops out” of the wall when scanned with the Arloopa app.

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Photo credits: Sévane Poulain

International DJ Joseph Zakarian was performing for the night, putting together his own music with the wall projection of “An interpretation of Perception’’. The film was created by Alice Dunseath, a London-based filmmaker and animator.

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Photo credits: Yerevan Residence

                                                   

What’s next?

The exhibition can be visited at Yerevan residence from August 28 to September 7, everyday from 4pm to 9pm (no entrance fee).

We have three more events coming up at the gallery before we close – and they’re all free!

  • Wednesday, September 2, 7PM: “The Vishap’s journey  through time” by Armen Martirosian at HAYP Pop Up Gallery

Armen is a Doctor, Archeologist, Sociologist and man of many trades! He will talk about the emergence and transformation of Armenia from the perspective of its pagan artifacts, including our VISHAP-A-KARS (Dragon stones), the inspiration for HAYP’s current exhibit.

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  • Friday, September 4, 8pm: “in her plenty” by Aram Atamian at HAYP Pop UP Gallery

Aram Atamian will do a multimedia performance, exploring the crisis of fertility, the space between love and lust, manic pollination, Shakespeare’s epic poem “Venus & Adonis” and techno-romance.

  • Monday, September 7, 8pm: Dance performance at HAYP Pop Up Gallery [closing event]

BA-AR-DIA Dance Studio (and therapy) will perform a contemporary piece choreographed by Hasmik Tangyan.

Where to find us?

HAYP Pop Up Gallery
6th Fl (Penthouse) of Yerevan Residence
186/11 Antarayin St, Yerevan
For directions: Concierge 011-61-01-11/091-000-107

FLOW – Lake Sevan 2016

By Anna K. Gargarian


 

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Some of you may have been hearing the buzz about FLOW, HAYP’s summer project by lake Sevan. Although it was originally planned for 2015, the project will take place next summer of 2016. Why? We’ve received so many interesting proposals for collaboration by artists and musicians alike that the project has grown from a one-day event to a three-day festival. Instead of rushing things and doing a watered-down version of the project, we decided to dedicate the proper amount of time to plan and budget the FLOW we really want to see take place. What, you may ask, is this FLOW we envision?

The Project

FLOW is a three day cultural festival that includes: a temporary site-specific installation, three days of performance (dance, theater and experimental shows), and two evenings of concerts featuring local and international musicians. The unique location, Port Ayas, is a coastal campsite on Lake Sevan near Shorja village. It offers a stunning landscape for artists to work with, and an amazing experience for guests to explore art, grab a bite, take a swim, and even spend the night camping. What’s more, docked at Port Ayas is Cilicia, the legendary wooden sailboat that traveled across Europe (it took two years), and that is modeled after the historic 13th century merchant ship from the Cilicia Kingdom. The vessel measures 20m long, weighs 50 tons, and was entirely constructed from shipbuilding techniques found in medieval manuscripts.

Charlotte and I visiting the sailboat two months ago. It's currently under renovation, but still amazing and full of character.

Charlotte and I visiting the sailboat two months ago. It’s currently under renovation, but still amazing and full of character.

Exhibition Concept

The theme, FLOW, is inspired by water: it’s movement, sound, and symbolism. Water has long-been a source of creative inspiration. We invite artists to explore this theme through various media: painting, photography, installation, sculpture, video, sound…. whatever floats your boat (pun intended).

Here are some examples of works we like from around the world that have served as inspiration for this project:

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Land -art installation by Gerry Berry in Ireland.

Water Installations

Left: Inflatable light installation by Spacecadets (Great Britain). Right: “Walk on water” pod-men by Bits’n’pieces (Boston).

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“Please Touch the Art” Mirror installation by Jeppe Hein at the Brooklyn Bridge park. Photo credits: Dezeen.com.

We’ve been working hard these past two months securing the location and figuring out logistics. We’ve brainstormed with beloved local band (gone international) BAMBIR, as well as emerging musical and visual artist Raffi Semerdjian and his band Palm of Granite.

Bambir_2007albumWe’ve been Skyping with internationally renowned Armenian artist, Kevork Mourad (Syrian-born, New York-based painter, film-maker, and performer), and sketching and engineering large-scale sculptural works with local artists and chemists (yes, that’s right…chemists…you wait and see!).

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Artist Kevork Mourad at work in his studio in New York.

If you’re interested in getting involved, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will put up a call to projects this month with more information on how to be a part of FLOW- LAKE SEVAN 2016.

In the mean time…

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Pop-Up restaurant by Muvbox in Montreal, Canada.

Stay tuned for what’s happening this month with HAYP! We’re combining forces with a new local Pop-up Restaurant lead by Victoria Aleksanyan and Arine Aghazarian to bring food and art together for a full experience of the senses. More information coming next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noumeda Carbone: HAYP Resident Artist

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Photo credits: Sasha Maddah Photography

Noumeda Carbone’s 6x4m wall painting “Unmapped 7” is stunning and profound: a web of intertwined vein-like forms spans across a weightless space, severed at the center. Like a butterfly split into two or a severed lung, the arterial shapes breathe both life and pain at once. “Unmapped 7” shows simultaneous connectivity and disconnect: Noumeda’s interpretation of the theme of HAYP’s exhibit “ANKAPital”, which takes a closer look at “ankaputyiun” (disconnected or non-sensical in Armenian). Carbone has been developing these “Unmapped” forms over the past few years, as seen in her wall painting from the 2012 Castro Street Art Project in Tel Aviv and in several live painting performances in Florence, Italy.Telaviv_Florence

I like to give myself limits” she tells me, “I’ll work with a single form or shape in repetition, and push myself to see how far I can take it. There’s a certain rhythm and multiplicity that comes out of limiting the elements with which I work, like color and shape, an almost obsessive multidimensionality. I am very inspired by nature and creating parallel spatial dimensions”. 

And in fact, what I like the most about Noumeda’s work is her ability to create deep spatial dimensions despite her minimalist graphic style. Her work conveys a fine balance and harmony between the simple and the complex.

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Noumeda also created a second site-specific art piece in Armenia for HAYP Pop Up Gallery, this time in a public location at Victory Park thanks to the support of Zeitun Municipality. The wall painting was a public performance that took place last Saturday, April 25th from 2pm to 8pm in the company of dear friends, curious wanderers and art lovers who gathered under the sun with some drinks and snacks to see her creative process in action.

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Noumeda’s work has been commissioned internationally, and her clients include VOGUE-TRENDS, Ferragamo, Leo Burnett, Pitti Immagine, The Guardian, Kult Magazine among others, and her works have been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine and Hi-Fructose. We are happy to say that now she can add HAYP Pop Up Gallery to her list of collaborators and Armenia to her list of international destinations! You can come by the gallery to see Unmapped 7 in person on appointment (as of the 27th, “ANKAPital” is officially closed). We also have available signed and numbered Limited Edition prints for the investment savvy Collector that are available also on appointment.

Contact: info.hayp@gmail.com | +374. (0)99.741.626 . Anna K. Gargarian.

Noumeda Carbone. Internationally renowned artist. See more of her work here: http://www.noumeda.com

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Opening Night & Thanks: ANKAPital

by Anna K. Gargarian


Today, April 24th 2015, marks the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. Yerevan is gray and quiet, many of the shops and bars are closed out of solemn respect. It’s a stark energetic contrast to yesterday evening’s System of a Down (SOAD) concert that filled Republic Square with an exhilarated (albeit rainy) buzz- a celebration of life and resilience in the face of tragedy.

10997976_10153306512000559_1050076477556982755_nBut today is reserved to the memory, sacrifice and bravery of the lives lost one hundred years ago. I cannot help but feel immensely grateful on so many levels despite the sadness that inevitably accompanies this commemoration. I am happy to be here in Yerevan in this moment as an Armenian and descendent of genocide survivors. I am grateful to be a part of many interesting international commemorative projects honoring our collective memory and human rights, like the “DRAEM” installation in Copenhagen (DK) which I’ve curated with artist and architect Allen Sayegh for the Armenian Embassy to Denmark and Norway, and for the opportunity to curate the upcoming “Memory and Dreams” Armenian Pavilion at the Beijing International Art Biennale this fall thanks to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia. I am also thankful to be contributing locally to the art scene through HAYP Pop Up Gallery, a personal project I started with my dear cousin Charlotte Poulain last fall, and which has continued due to the support, love and help of many dear friends who believe in me and this project. I feel truly lucky!

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In this moment of thanks and reflection, and exactly one week into our 10-day exhibit, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who were a part of making ANKAPital happen. I am thrilled to share with you the photos of ANKAPital’s inauguration, HAYP’s current collective exhibit that opened with a bang last Friday, April 17 and that will continue to be on view until Monday April 27th. The turnout was incredible and the exhibit looked great (which seemed highly unlikely 48 hours earlier). Over 500 people attended the event throughout the course of the evening, thanks to our social media following and our central location that attracted a lot of foot-traffic.

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The exhibit features a group of 15 contemporary artists from Italy, Argentina, France and Armenia and the artworks include painting, installation, photography and video art. Opening Night also featured a live musical performance by Heavy Shepherd, an experimental punk-folk-blues-digital-hip-hop ensemble that totally rocked ANKAPital. Special thanks have to be given to our sponsors Golden Grape ArmAs for providing us with our Pop Up location and wine for opening night. Other gracious sponsorship included: Crumbs Bread Factory for catering, Orange France for Internet connection, AYB School and THE SCreENERY for projectors, and the LUYS foundation for chairs and a media team.

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Heavy Shepherd, a three-man ensemble with Saro Arshag, Devon Yagian-Boutelle, and Shant Kerbabian, performed at HAYP’s opening along with projection art by Saro Arshag.

Our guests included a predominantly young crowd including many local artists, hipsters (what kind of art gallery opening would this be without them?) and socialites. Some important diplomatic officials, entrepreneurs and international organizational heads were also spotted at HAYP. And of course, a huge number of friends and supporters of HAYP Pop Up Gallery were present, many of whom lent a helping hand during the clean-up and prep work of the space.

On that note….Thank You!

ANKAPital could not have happened without the support of so many people. A huge thank you to HAYP team members Rachel Nersesian for coordinating all of the events, to Lilit Markosian for the social media and graphic design, and to Sonya Armaghanyan for assisting in administrative help and for bringing theater to HAYP through EVN 24 Hour Theater. Thank you also to Karine Vann for her journalistic support, as well as the networking and collaborative opportunities that she has brought to HAYP.

We’ve also had many volunteers who’ve lent a physical hand in cleaning up the space, thank you to Robin Kuehn and Caden Nathan James for helping despite not knowing much about HAYP at the time! Thank you to Khashayar Zandyavari and Seda Orbelian for your assistance during events. An enormous special thanks to Mehdi Moqimi who has been a constant and reliable anchor throughout the entire process- from transforming the space, to providing much-needed caffeine, to overseeing technical assistance for our projections. A huge thank you also to Hermine Sarkissian, a dear friend, my flat-mate, and a great supporter of HAYP who has bared with my neurosis, mess and sleepless nights these past three weeks: her calm presence and patience has been a silent source of strength for me. Another big thank you to the whole ArmAs team, including Manushak and Hagop, and in particular to Victoria Aslanian and Armen Aslanian for providing us with a very talented and efficient construction crew to set up lights and walls where needed. Thank you to our neighbors at Megerian Carpets for providing us with a restroom and sink when needed (alas, the pop up life is one without a WC!). A huge thank you to all of the artists for being a part of this project: thank you to Janine Gaelle for putting me in touch with artist Noumeda Carbone, and thank you to Noumeda for coming here all the way from Florence, to RIZEK for sending his custom work from abroad, and to local artists Asya Yaghmurian, Davit Galstyan, and Vahram Akimyan for helping to install the exhibit. Other amazing artists in show include: Samvel Saghatelian, Artak Gevorgyan, NavereY, Nairi Khatchadourian, Lucy Kirakosyan, Florencia Babouian, Shamiram Khachatryan, Ruben Malayan, Adrineh Gregorian and Serge Navasardyan.

Thank you to everyone!

Now here are the pictures:

 

by Anna K. Gargarian