Armenity 2015: Exploring Armenian Identity in Contemporary Art of the Diaspora

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In this second installment from a set of AGBU WebTalks interviews in which Neery Melkonian explores the significance of the year 2015 in Armenian contemporary and modern art, the late art historian, critic and curator discusses the work of three of the artists featured in the Armenian pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. For the first time in its then 20-year history, the pavilion, entitled Armenity, exhibited artists from across the Armenian diaspora, winning the prestigious Golden Lion award for Best National Pavilion. Works from 18 contemporary artists from across the world and different generations provided an occasion to reimagine the notion of “Armenianness” and explore the role art plays in curating identity.