Archive-Practice is a research-based curatorial project (2008-ongoing), which focuses on curating a contemporary art collection as an environmental and archaeological set of relations, in which a collection of artifacts and interviews with artists takes the form of “a book that doesn’t exist yet, set within a dialogue that does.” The project works with past initiatives by Armenian artists/curators who established alternative creative practices and institutions through the 1990s, in the early stages of independent/post-Soviet Armenia. I have produced a series of audio/video interviews with artists and selected subject-related artifacts to form the collection that serves as the project core, thus activating the contemporary state of now-absent past initiatives—failed, forgotten, and fragmented. Through this unregistered history, the project opens up a new space of enquiry and methodology, where the collection becomes a record of “unfinishedness” attached to the project of identity of the neoliberal state of Armenia, and the ways these “absences”are matched by “unattended objects”—the markers of artistic practices.
Archive-Practice in Lyon Biennale and L'Ecole du Magasin, 2009
Read research interviews with Ruben Arevshatyan, Samvel Baghdasaryan, Susanna Gyulamiryan, Armine Hovhannisyan, and Nazareth Karoyan published in the scope of L’Ecole du Magasin curatorial program, 2008-09.