Art: Yerevan museum hosts painting exhibit as Armenian artist makes her first attempt

Panorama, Armenia

The Modern Art Museum of Yerevan, Armenia, hosted a group exhibition of non-traditional paintings from 7 to 14 June.

The exhibition titled “Before Expo 2018” brought together artists not only from Armenia, but also from the United States, Russia and other countries.

One of the participants of the exhibition was Armenian artist Lilit Aleksanyan, who took part in such an event for the first time. 

Lilit got back into painting nearly one year ago after a long pause, starting to paint on canvas. Her only work featured at the exhibition was among her first canvas paintings created this year.

This seems to be a new experience for the artist to rediscover her perception of colors and their match and display them ‘courageously’, leaving the viewers to judge her works.

The painting is not titled, as the majority of her works. Lilit says she hardly gives them titles in an attempt to “let the viewers freely interpret her paintings”.

Artists will have another opportunity to present their works at the Yerevan Art Expo 2018 scheduled to take place on 17 June, from 1pm to 4pm, at the abandoned space of Eraz factory, supported by architect Ara Karapetyan. 

The author of the exhibition and expo is American-Armenian painter Narine Isajanyan. It is organized by U.S.-based Art's Treasures NGO and sponsored by Alan Derian Production.

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Art: Armenia showcased at Czech Photo Centre

Prague TV, Czech Rep.

Photos by Josef Bosák capture years of history in the troubled region

The Czech Photo Centre is showcasing the photography of Josef Bosák in a show called Piece of Armenian Soul. The show runs until Aug. 12.

The collection is complemented by the exhibition Every Tuesday by graduates of the Czech Photo Centre's Visual Communication Studio, in the gallery’s small hall.

Bosák holds of the Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique’s AFIAP (Artiste FIAP) and EFIAP (Excellence FIAP) distinctions.

He visits Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh region every year, and the show Piece of Armenian Soul conveys some of what he has experienced on his travels. The exhibition uses photographs of elderly people as well as young people and children to trace Armenia's troubled history. There are images of people at work, at home, at play, and at a local dilapidated hospital.

“The mountainous Armenian landscape, marked by a troubled history and the suffering of its people through the decisions of politicians and relentless conflicts between Christians and Muslims, has become the author’s great focus. Despite all the injustice committed against the local population, Bosák says the native Armenians remain very friendly people with a great sense of hospitality,” the description of the exhibition states.

Bosák began taking photographs in 2003. In 2007, he visited Armenia and began to focus on capturing the human form and social journalism.

During a recent visit, he was an eyewitness to political events where the leader of anti-government protests, Nikol Pashinyan, became prime minister.

He visited the Karabakh Hospital numerous times over three years. These photos have been well-received in international photography contests.

Visitors to the Czech Photo Centre’s small hall can view the Every Tuesday exhibition until July 1. The photos cover a range of topics from body image to sports to familial relations.

The Czech Photo Centre is open every day except Monday. From Tuesday to Friday it is open from 11 am until 6 pm, and on weekends from 10 am to 6 pm.

It is located around 100 meters from metro station Nové Butovice at Seydlerova 2835/4, Prague 5.

Film: Robert Guédiguian’s film to open Golden Apricot Yerevan Int’l Film Festival

Panorama, Armenia
Culture 19:13 16/06/2018 Armenia

“The House by the Sea” (La villa) directed by French-Armenian filmmaker Robert Guédiguian is set to open the 15th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival.

“By a little bay near Marseille lies a picturesque villa owned by an old man. His three children have gathered by his side for his last days: Angela, an actress living in Paris, Joseph, who has just fallen in love with a girl half his age and Armand, the only one who stayed behind in Marseille to run the family’s small restaurant.

“It is time for them to weigh up what they have inherited of their father’s ideals and the community spirit he created in this magical place. The arrival, at a nearby cove, of a group of boat people will throw these moments of reflection into turmoil he created in this magical place,” reads the synopsis of the dram shot in 2017.

The closing film of the festival is Terry Gilliam's “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” (a co-production of Spain, Belgium, France, Portugal and UK), learnt from the festival’s official website.

Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, is scheduled to host the 15th edition of the film festival from 8 to 15 July. This year, the festival has received 600 applications from 83 countries, with a total of 110 films included in its competition and non-competition programs.

The Armenian Panorama section features some 27 films.

The Golden Apricot will pay a tribute to influential Swedish director Ingmar Bergman on the occasion of his 100th anniversary, screening three selected films by the filmmaker.

Azerbaijani Press: Pashinyan’s visit to occupied territories of Azerbaijan – call to war

AzerNews, Azerbaijan

By Trend

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry assesses the visit of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, including the contact line, as a call to war, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend.

"After the visit of the Armenian president, Pashinyan's visit to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is a provocation and a deliberate step to aggravate the situation. They openly show that Armenia is not interested in resolving the conflict through negotiations and, ultimately, in ending military aggression and occupation, and withdrawing its troops from the occupied Azerbaijani territories", Hajiyev said.

He pointed out that Armenia’s purpose is to paralyze the negotiation process with various tricks, aggravate the situation by provocations, ultimately continue the occupation of Azerbaijani territories and maintain the status quo.

"Everyone knows what is an alternative to the negotiations, and therefore responsibility lies entirely with Armenia," Hajiyev said.

Hajiyev said he is confident that the new Armenian leadership, which has populist and ultra-chauvinist nationalist views, understanding its inability to solve serious social and economic problems in the country, is trying to manipulate the public consciousness with the theme of the war and Karabakh. "The utopian and impracticable program, presented by the new government of Armenia, openly demonstrates the situation in which the country turned out to be. But the military adventurous policy pursued by the new leadership of Armenia puts the region face to face with new threats,” Hajiyev said.