2015 Venice Biennale

Armenia’s 2015 Venice Biennale Project Marks the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

The Mekhitarist Monastery on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni.COURTESY THE ARMENIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE

The Mekhitarist Monastery on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni.


Armenia’s ministry of culture announced today that its pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale will feature a group show of artists from the Armenian diaspora, and mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. The 16 artists tapped for the exhibition, which is titled “Armenity,” follow below, with their current nationality:

Haig Aivazian, Lebanon
Nigol Bezjian, Syria/USA
Anna Boghiguian, Egypt/Canada
Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Turkey
Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Argentina/Germany
Rene Gabri & Ayreen Anastas, Iran/Palestine/USA
Mekhitar Garabedian, Belgium
Aikaterini Gegisian, Greece
Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, Italy
Aram Jibilian, USA
Nina Katchadourian, USA/Finland
Melik Ohanian, France
Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Armenia/Italy
Rosana Palazyan, Brasil
Sarkis, Turkey/France
Hrair Sarkissian, Syria/UK

As at the 2013 Venice Biennale, Armenia will present its pavilion on the San Lazzaro degli Armeni, at the Mekhitarist Monastery.

“The curatorial concept of Armenity,” the organization wrote in a news release, “implies the notion of displacement and territory, justice and reconciliation, ethos and resilience.

This year’s Venice Biennale, the 56th, is being organized by Okwui Enwezor. It opens to the public on Saturday, May 9, and runs through November 22.

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