Yerevan

Tbilisi InSights Collective was collaborating with AJZ Collective in Yerevan in spring 2015 [22.3.-5.4.2015].

During the two weeks working period together wit AJZ Collective Tbilisi InSights Collective not only presented and discussed the work in process in Tbilisi but ttempted to take the project further and collaborate both on an informal archive on site and tackle topics of archives and architecture as well as the possibilities of agency of people in the local system of governmental politics, the local system of an inadequate dichotomy of public and private space in Yerevan.

The aim was to collaborate between Tbilisi and Yerevan, two geographically and historically close cities, and through this exchange to examine their similarities and dissimilarities, and to present an outcome as well as reflections on the work in process concerning parallel and diverging momenta.

First Opening on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. at AJZ Space.

Tbilisi InSights also invited for a discussion with Ruben Arevshatyan (artist, art critic and independent curator, president of AICA-Armenia, lecturer / ICA), Violet Grigoryan (poet, co-editor / Inknagir literary magazine, Councillor / Tumo Center for Creative Technologies) and Misak Khostikyan (artist, architect, lecturer / AUA/ ICA / YSUAC) on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Mirzoyan Library.

discussion with Misak Khostikyan, Ruben Arevshatyan and Violet Grigoryan at Mirzoyan library

Second Opening on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7 p.m. at AJZ Space, presenting:
– Confused Tour on Abovyan Street

To experience the Confused Tour on Abovyan Street you can print the images on two sides of a page and fold it in the middle. Then you will need to go the starting point of the tour and follow this guide.

– Mapping Yerevan (drifting / try yourself)

– city attraction / քաղաքի հմայք (charm of the city) pins

pins

– archive presented by AJZ Collective

in the archive presented by ajz collective the majority of the items exposed has been a part of the cityscape or has ‘participated’ in its transformation throughout the 90s Yerevan. directly or indirectly, they refer to or proclaim the transition era, a period of war, economic blocade and social crisis, thus illustrating the struggle for existence. and at the same time, a decade that formed new types of social relationships and social bonds, a unique consolidation and community building that was literally formed around the alternative, diy heating systems installed by people in their houses. it also stressed the erosion of that consolidation after the restoration of the energetic system and the basic utilities together with the unofficial coup d’etat, the massacre of the government and the MPs at the National Assembly on 27 October 1999 thus paving a way for the conservative neoliberal paradigm with its disasterous urban development programs and the monopolization of businesses.
the exposition also attemtpted to hint at the possible scenarios of the development for the 90’s paradigm in terms of economic and social relationships and norms that never took place.

AJZ Collective consists of three Yerevan based artists and curators: Harutyun Alpetyan, Taguhi Torosyan & Nvard Yerkanian.