HAYP Event Week December 17-21

We have an exciting line up of events ready for you this week at HAYP Pop Up Gallery! Here’s a little info on what we have in store for you:

Dec 17 @ 6:30pm. Film Screening: “Ai Weiwei – Never Sorry”

We begin on Wednesday, December 17th with a film screening at 6:30pm of Alison Klayman’s documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” (2012). Ai Weiwei is a controversial Chinese artist and activist. The documentary follows him as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and runs into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.



Dec 19 @ 7:30pm. Artist Tour (Registration required)

On Friday, December 19th we have a private tour of the exhibition lead by the artists themselves. We will discuss the theme of the exhibition, and artists will give the group an insight into their background and the story behind their works. Limited spaces available. Sign up here!



Dec 21 @ 8:30pm. Closing Event: Art Talk & Live Music


Finally, we close our exhibition with a Finissage event on Sunday, December 21st. We will host an Art Talk at 8:30 where three speakers – Aramazt Kalayjian, Patricio Derkrikorian and Lesley Diaz- who will discuss their projects in progress.

Aramazt, Graphic Designer and Co-founder of Jarakite Creative Studio is also a featured artist in “Frame of Mind: Context & Perspective” on view at HAYP Pop Up Gallery. Aramazt lived, worked, and researched for one year in Ethiopia, connecting with the local music community and filming for his documentary on the history of music between Armenia and Ethiopia. He will share his project with us.

Patricio is Armenian from Argentina, and is a curator with a background in contemporary art and architecture currently working at the Naregatsi Art Institute in Yerevan. Patricio will discuss the exhibition he is currently working on and a future project that he hopes will link the vibrant artistic community in Argentina with Yerevan’s contemporary art scene.

Lesley Diaz is originally from Texas, and has been living in Yerevan for five years now. Besides teaching English and completing her PhD in Armenia, Lesley volunteers for The SCreENERY, a volunteer organization that she holds dear to her heart. She’ll tell you better herself, but in a nut shell, The SCreENERY shows movies for free in public places throughout Yerevan, particularly in the outer districts surrounding the center in order to bring the big screen to those who don’t always have access to the cinema.

Find out more about these exciting projects on Sunday at 8:30pm, followed by some live music from 9:30-11pm by instrumental duo, Tigrane Kazazian (oud) and Hagop Mazloumian (percussion). Beer and wine will be available at a reasonable price.HAYP_Event_Week


“Frame of Mind” opening night: the photos!


On Friday, December 12, HAYP’s first exhibition “Frame of Mind: Context & Perspective” opened. Throughout the night, around 200 people showed up to enjoy the art pieces and fine wine, courtesy of Golden Grape ArmAs.

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 Our wine corner
Photo Credit: Kohar Minassian


Our photographer Kohar Minassian was able to snap a few pictures before the arrival of the guests at 6PM.

DSC_0297From left to right: works by Lilit Markosian, Sharis Garabedian, David Galstyan
Photo Credit: Kohar Minassian

From left to right: works by Ararat Minasyan and Lilit Umedyan, Peno Mishoyan, Aramazt Kalayjian, and Karen Mirzoyan 
Photo Credit: Kohar Minassian

Photo Credit: Kohar Minassian

DSC_0324On the left, our interactive art piece dedicated to our donors, courtesy of Cyber Development Studio, and to the right, “E215” Film short by Scott Willis. Projector sponsored to us by The ScREenery!
Photo Credit: Kohar Minassian



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Guests standing admiring the HAYP board
Photo Credit: Kohar Minassian


A black board served as our “Guest book” for the night, and many took on the colorful chalks to draw pictures or write messages. Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) lent us their photo printer, and our friend Rachel took pictures of guests all night so they could pin it on our board.


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Our interactive “HAYP Board” throughout the night
Photo Credit: Kohar Minassian and Raffi Ouzounian

HAYP Pop Up Gallery’s Grand Opening

By Anna K. Gargarian

We are excited to announce our first exhibition, “Frame of Mind: Context and Perspective”. I’ll get around to explaining this theme in a bit, but first, some info on what to expect at our Pop Up.



It’s a collective exhibition featuring seven artists who are interpreting “Context and Perspective” in different media (painting, photography, installation, and video). The exhibition opens on Friday, December 12 at 6pm on the 4th floor of the Elite Plaza building at 15 Khorenatsi St, with an inaugural event accompanied by wine and live DJ. The exhibition will be on view for ten days until Sunday December 21st. We will be open daily from 12-2pm, and 5-9pm. So if you can’t make it to the opening, stop on by at your lunch break or after work! We also have some interesting events planned at our space, including presentations by local artists, entrepreneurs, and art curators, as well as a final musical performance for our Finissage (closing event) on Saturday Dec 20th. More details on events to come.


Our Pop Up space: 4th floor of the Elite Plaza building, 15 Khorenatsi Street, Yerevan.



“Frame of Mind: Context and Perspective” explores how different contexts shape the way we see the world. By context I mean our environment, it can be an actual physical space but it can also be a cultural context, like life experiences, upbringing and traditions. These are all things that affect our worldview.

In the physical sense, imagine how differently a child sees the world than an adult simply because they’re smaller. Remember how terrifying it was to cross the street? The street seemed endless, and the cars were at eye-level. I’d hang onto my father’s hand for dear life, tripping over my own feet. I had a similar experience more recently.

In the summer of 2009 the first part of New York City’s “High Line” opened to the public. For many years, what we now call the High Line was just an unused train track; a remnant of a former above ground cargo line. Now it’s a suspended garden with a walkway, fountains, sculpture, and trendy caffe’s and shops. Walking along the High Line for the first time was the strangest sensation. I realized that I had never seen New York City at that height before. You’re either rushing through the city at ground level, with all of those skyscrapers towering above you, or looking down at that iconic Manhattan skyline from some rooftop lounge. But cutting through the city at a second-story level was a trippy perspective. It felt much more intimate, you could actually see the horizon between the buildings, not just at large intersections (which is normally the case). It felt like a different place.

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Photo Credit: LocalNomad.com

Changing the angle or way that you normally look at something forces you to reflect on what that thing actually is. A lot of times we become jaded towards our environment. We take things for granted, and we don’t pay attention to the details. This is part of what HAYP Pop Up Gallery is all about – forcing the viewer to take a second look. What you think is just a for-rent storefront, we see as potential exhibition space. It’s the same place, we’re just looking at it differently.

When we talk about personal context, it becomes a bit more complex. Each of us has a unique background and life experience that shape who we are as people- our opinions, our sense of self, and sense of “the other”. Many times the two overlap, spatial and personal context, I mean. Consider when you talk about mount Ararat to an Armenian, he/she automatically imagines a small peek followed by its larger sister peek. Ask someone in Turkey about that same mountain, and in their minds appears the reverse, a large peek followed by a small peek. Show the unfamiliar perspective to either of those individuals, and it will feel unnatural to them. Different perspectives, imply different cultural, and in this case, sensitive historical and geopolitical implications. Same mountain, different perspective.

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View from Armenia; view from Turkey.



This is kind of a roundabout way of explaining the theme of this exhibition, but I thought I’d go into more detail since the title is a bit abstract. There are many ways to interpret this theme, and the artists in our exhibition are approaching it from very different standpoints. Some artists are more playful, like Karen Mirzoyan and his Intergalactic War scenes.

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Karen Mirzoyan. Battle For Beirut, Gemmayze district, February 2214

Karen draws directly on the windowpanes of his hotel rooms envisioning extraterrestrial attacks on the cities he visits in his travels. Each city inspires a different scene, and the photographs are intriguing, humorous, and also slightly unsettling.

Aramazt Kalayjian and Peno Mishoyan’s collaborative installation piece takes a more philosophical approach to perspective and understanding. A sequence of hanging windows with lettering on them collectively communicate a message to the viewer from a frontal perspective, but move around the work and the statement is fragmented into separate haikus. Each layer has a meaning, and together they create another.

That’s all I’m going to share with you for now. If you want to know more about the other artists and the works on display, then come see for yourself! Our program of events for our first Pop Up Event Week will come up soon as well.