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Details Unveiled for Armenian Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale

On the occasion of the hundredth year following the Armenian Genocide, the country’s ministry of culture will be devoting its pavilion to the artists of the Armenian diaspora.

Eighteen artists in total will be featured: 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), and Hrair Sarkissian (Syria/UK).

Curated by Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg, the pavilion will explore what she’s calling the notion of “armenity,” which in her words encapsulates concepts of “displacement and territory, justice and reconciliation, ethos and resilience.” The pavilion will be situated on the Island of San Lazzaro.