Modem NY&LA Spring Summer 2016
Cover by Armenity
For this edition of New York / LA, dedicated to the Women Spring/Summer 2016 season, Modem is giving “carte blanche” to “Armenity,” The National Pavilion of The Republic of Armenia curated by Adelina Cüberyan v. Fürstenberg at the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia 2015.
In a year that witnesses a significant milestone for the Armenian people — the 100th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide — this pavilion marks the resilience of trans-cultural confluence and exchanges. Furthermore, the Armenian Pavilion won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the Biennale for forming a pavilion based on Armenian artists in diaspora, where artists highlight their Armenian roots and heritage.
The curatorial concept of Armenity implies the notion of displacement and territory, justice and reconciliation, ethos and resilience. Regardless of their place of birth, the selected artists carry within their identity the memory of their origins. Through their talent and willpower, these grandchildren of survivors of the Armenian Genocide rebuilt a “transnational assembly” from the remnants of a shattered identity. Their ingrained concern for memory, justice and reconciliation skillfully transcends notions of territory, borders and geography. Whether they were born in Beirut, Lyon, Los Angeles, or Cairo and wherever they may reside, these global citizens constantly question and reinvent their Armenity.
The Armenian Pavilion is located at the Mekhitarist Monastery on the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venice, and opened daily from 1pm to 5.30pm, until October 18th, 2015.
More information on http://www.armenity.net .