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Dates: September 1 – December 30 Location: Location:
Haig Aivazian: I Am Sick But I Am Alive
The gallery will show new works from the artist’s most recent project, Hastayim Yasiyorum (I am Sick but I am Alive). A project which includes sculpture, drawing, live performance and video. The works reflect on the history and contemporary state of modal “Oriental” music after the dismantlement of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of nationalism amidst the regional drive towards modernity. It was in this period that ethnomusicologists collected and arranged pieces of rural folklores, to construct out of them musical repertoires that reflected pure national identities. Aivazian uses as starting point Turkish-Armenian oud master Udi Hrant Kenkulian (1901-1978), a significant contributor to Turk Sanat Muzigi (Turkish Art Music): a salon style music derived from Ottoman classics but incorporating influences from Western classical music – a hybrid style central to the new and so-called progressive republican identity.
About the Artist
Born in Beirut in 1980, the artist has participated in the 2009 Sharjah Biennial and was associate curator of the 2010 edition. He was a part of the Golden Lion winning Armenian pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial, the 6th Marrakech and 14th Istanbul Biennials, and will soon be in the upcoming Montreal Biennial. A conceptual artist working across a wide range of media, Aivazian’s works delve into the various ways in which ideologies embed, affect and move people, objects and architecture. Departing from often known events, and weaving lesser known narratives into them, he has explored apparatuses of control and sovereignty as they are at work in sports, finance, museums and most recently music. , For each project, he utilizes the precise medium, whether it is drawing, sculpture, installation, performance or video, necessitated by the concept.
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