Well team, welcome to the new year. We hope you had wonderful holidays full of family, friends, and fermented grapes and pomegranates to welcome in 2016. We have so much to look forward to this year, but before we start planning for the days ahead, we want to give out a huge congratulations to everyone for making 2015 a phenomenal introductory year. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Noumeda Carbone. Internationally renowned artist. See more of her work here: http://www.noumeda.com
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.
But 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!
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.
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.
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
by Anna K. Gargarian
Collective Exhibit at HAYP Pop Up Gallery
April 17-27, 2015
It’s been a while since we’ve shared what’s going on with HAYP as we prep for our next exhibit, so here’s another Behind The Scenes feature. The great news is we finally have our space! (Pfew!) We also have an exciting new artist line-up (the artist call is open until March 30th). Expect a more international group this time around, with artists from Argentina, France, Italy, and the USA added to the mix of local Armenian artists. We’re also planning our events, which includes an aerial dance performance (yup, you heard me), live music, improv theater, and possibly a poetry slam/reading. We’ll be sharing the improv theater info shortly, a new collaboration HAYP started with Sonya Armaghanyan who will bring the 24HourTheater to Armenia for the first time! If you have an event you’d like to propose, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:
You may or may not have noticed this empty storefront on Abovyan street at the cross section with Northern Avenue (you can’t get more central than that!). As you can tell from the window posters, this two-story space is owned by ArmAs wines.
If their name sounds familiar, it might be because you love their wine and their vineyard (definitely worth a visit), or maybe you saw them at our opening event in December.
They are just as psyched about HAYP as we are, which makes for a great partnership and an exciting opening night event.
ART AROUND TOWN
We’re going to try something very new for ANKAPital. Since the majority of the artworks are “Street” Artworks, murals and performance, we’ve decided to have “Satellite” projects around Yerevan. This means that we’ll be making a “HAYP map” of events and exhibits so that you can explore the city through art, like in Yerevan’s dalans (tunnels/archways), courtyards, cafe’s and/or squares. The city really IS our gallery. If you have an idea about a location or project, contact us here: email@example.com.
Of course our priority is to show you some high quality art, and push the boundaries of what “contemporary” means locally and globally. I had a “yes!” moment yesterday when I read this great quote by curator, Barnaby Drabble,
Curating is not about the display of work, it is about the development of critical meaning in partnership and discussion with artists and publics. (from Rethinking Curating-Art After New Media, MIT Press 2010)
Basically what he’s saying is that curating isn’t just about putting artworks together in a room, but about building meaning. Having said that, we’re carefully selecting our artists and artworks to make sure that each piece relates to the theme individually, while also creating a relevant and meaningful conversation through their relationship to one another.
Above is a sneak peak of two of the artists in show. Ruben Malayan is a graphic artist, calligraphy artist and painter from Yerevan, Armenia who’s lived and worked in Tel Aviv and Toronto. He currently lives in Ashtarak, Armenia. RIZEK is from Barletta, in the Apulia region of Italy, and has worked as a DJ and electronic music artist in addition to his work as a Street Artist. You may have seen some of RIZEK’s work on our Facebook page, where I published a “Behind the Scenes” album of my trip to his studio.
I Skyped recently with Noumeda Carbone, another Italian artist who’s work truly blows me away. She’s an illustrator, graphic artist, and Street artist born in Paris that currently lives and works in Florence, Italy. She’s worked as a fashion illustrator for big names like Ferragamo, Leo Burnette, and others to create meticulous and whimsical illustrations with slightly darker undertones. To the right is an example of her fashion illustration work for Umberto Giannini Hair Cosmetics, UK.
Below is a a photograph of Noumeda in action creating street artwork in Florence.
We’re working hard now to find some funding so that we can bring Noumeda to Yerevan and have her create a live performance-mural at HAYP Pop Up Gallery. That’s all I’ll share for now on our artist line-up, but keep checking out the HAYP for more updates on upcoming Art and Events for HAYP 2.0, ANKAPital.
THE THEME: ANKAPital
If you’ve read the Call to Artists, then you already know about our exhibition concept. I wanted to expand on this since I’ve had a variety of questions about the theme and the timing of the exhibition, considering that April is a sensitive month in light of the 100 years commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
The project is called “ANKAPital”, and the title is a play on words stemming from a much-loved Armenian term, “ankap”, or disconnected, and “capital” implying city or metropolis. The theme was born from a love-hate relationship of the city: both a place of growth and development, but also friction, disharmony, and sometimes injustice. When taking a closer look at Yerevan, we notice many disconnected realities: you can find beauty, amazing people and projects in the most unexpected places. It’s what, on one hand, is so incredible about this city: moments of authentic creativity, love and hope. While on the other end of the spectrum, there’s a lack of communication, infrastructure and organization that prevents and even stifles the development of the city and the country as a whole. So like I said, we’re taking a critical eye to these very real and present issues that so many of the youth are tired of and ready to change. We want to show not only contemporary art, but also an authentic contemporary voice. HAYP is optimistic, but being optimistic doesn’t mean to close your eyes to the problems around you, but rather to see those problems as opportunities for change, growth and transformation. Ironically, although the exhibition implies disconnect, we hope to connect by bringing together: international and local artists, technology and art, and diverse media like theater, music, dance, and the visual arts. Hopefully by creating a unifying platform for the exchange of ideas and art, we can have an honest discussion about what’s important to us as a community and what we can do to nurture those values.
As per the timing of the exhibit, April will be a highly touristic month as Armenian diaspora and non-Armenians alike gather in solidarity for human rights and to honor this country, the memory of a past tragedy, and the prevention of future such tragedies. Many exhibitions and events in April will be commemorative themed, and HAYP simply wants to show an alternative theme. HAYP Pop Up Gallery wants to share with this diverse public the work of local and international artists and what we can create when we come together to celebrate and support our present talent in order to build a better future.