Friendship becomes art

  • Society - 19 July 2016, 11:56
Video Art Archive presents the exhibition “friendship becomes art” at The Echo Museum (13 Frik Str., Yerevan, behind the Central Post Office). The opening of the exhibition took place on July 15. It will be on view until August 5, 2016.

Participant artists: Astghik Melkonyan, David Kareyan, Diana Hakobyan, Harutyun Simonyan, Mher Azatyan, Sona Abgaryan, Tigran Khachatryan, Vahram Aghasyan.

Curator: Eva Khachatryan

"At the end of 90s and at the beginning of 2000s a shift took place in the language of Armenian contemporary art that was different in terms of the choice of the addressed issues, as well as the means of expression. Video was one of the media that proved to be the best at expressing the emergence of that new language. The images, which were created at home with the help of newly acquired VHS recorders and cameras that were temporarily borrowed from friends, brought with them a new opportunity – the advantage of conveying time, the process. It is no coincidence that almost all of the first examples of video art resulted from the various processes of that friendly environment - thus being the demonstrations of that collective time..."

Video Art Archive is the project of Art Basis that works on the collection and preservation of video works.

Art Basis is a platform founded with the aim to study the documentation of contemporary art and to foster research projects in art and the art production.

The project is 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).