From Dresden to Armenia

Gyumri is a town of exhibitions”, – this is how the head of Gyumri branch of Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts Hambardzum Ghukasyan distinguished his town at the opening ceremony of the exhibition in Berlin hotel complex on 20th of April, 2012. The exhibition was itself more like a presentation.

This year was the 30th anniversary of International animation courses. On this occasion two artists Sargis Hovhannisyan and still a student Armen Tiraturyan from Armenia more precisely from Gyumri left for Dresden to participate in the event. They participated in “Artist in Residence ANIMA 2012” that lasted from February 4-March 5. Till then Armenian artists hadn’t had an opportunity to participate in such ANIMA programmes. The event also hosted participants from Poland, Russia, Germany and Ukraine, totally 45 artists.

The works introduced at Berlin hotel complex were the ones created during the courses participation in Dresden. As S. Hovhannisyan stated it was a new way of communication that didn’t exist till then.

His animation film tells about a dog’s travel. He added that the film became the visit card of ANIMA 2012 and it was like a symbol for the given project.

His next animation film was the work entitled “Life beyond the frame” cut from different newspapers. By the author’s words when he drew figures, deep in his mind he has always depicted them in action but he didn’t imagine how it can be actualized. And by the help of this project he was given an opportunity to realize his ideas using his memories from student years.

The artists created and exhibited their works in the former building of fire station and in the former diamond processing factory an in other such places. As S. Hovhannisyan mentioned, it is more interesting for him to work in an unfamiliar place than in the museum as he like to communicate with the area.

It’s worth mentioning that during these courses an improvisation was made by S. Hovhannisyan and a German artist. They painted on a glass that was a new approach for S. Hovhannisyann and as he stated it was like making a sculpture that created a new form by means of “sculpturing” on the glass.

This project was another step to assure interchange between European art and Armenian culture and reinforce the communication between the artists.