HAYP 6.0: Lips of Pride

From April 8 to 18, HAYP Pop Up Gallery presented its 6th contemporary art exhibition, “Lips of Pride”, which focuses on the theme of women’s sexuality and societal perceptions of shame in Armenia.

“Lips of Pride” aims to begin a discussion on a taboo topic, and to give a voice to those whom are often silenced.

HAYP asked 25 women artists from Armenia and abroad to share their perspectives on the intertwined topics of sexuality, pleasure, shame, femininity, identity, discrimination and injustice within a patriarchal culture.

Using different media – from video to photography, painting, sculpture and installation –  the artists showed the curent state of gender equality, whether it’s in the private sphere (our homes, our beds, our dark-windowed cars) or the public sphere.

The exhibit opened on April 8, 2016, and lasted 10 days.

This project was realized in the frames of the “Regional Art and Culture Project in the South Caucasus”, which is managed by the Culture and Management Lab with financial support of the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO). The project also received financial support from Armenian International Women’s Association – Los Angeles.

Here are the photos of the exhibition artworks and the opening night (April 8, 2016)

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The following pictures were taken during the several events (dance, theater, talks) of Lips of Pride exhibition (April 8-18, 2016).

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And you can also watch the videos of some of these events:


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Wine Feature: Nouart Aznuni, April 9

Art & Geopolitics: A Conversation with Paniz Musawi, April 2

Lips of Pride: The making of the logo, March 25

Behind the Scenes: Organizing Lips Of Pride, March 24


Our program


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Exhibition concept

Lips of Pride is a collective exhibition that invites women artists to examine notions of female sexuality, femininity, and identity within the context of societal perceptions of shame in Armenia. Some of the artists define themselves as feminist, others do not. While feminist demands are many, addressing questions of political, social, economic and cultural importance, we believe that sexual freedom- that is the right to…

Event schedule

The full event schedule for Lips of Pride is now available!

Call to Artists

HAYP pop-up gallery is seeking female artists to be a part of an exhibition in April 2016 called “Lips of Pride” focused on the role of women in Armenia- in the home, professionally, and in society. The exhibition title is a play on the colloquial Armenian term for labia, ամոթաշուրթեր (amotashurter), or, “lips of shame”. Read more…