Ana made me think about the world differently. She made me more sensitive to the environment around me and, after spending time with her, I started listening to everyone and everything more carefully. She is passionate about helping other people. When you are with her you can sense her inner strength as well as her sincerity and determination. After meeting Ana, I decided to turn the project into an essay about her, and the project became very personal and special for me.
An Essay on Activism, Performance and Georgian Faceboook
He is the father of a nation, the infallible genius, the patron, the “Grandfather.” He may be greeting you at an entrance to a new town, or the Baku Aliyev Heydar Aliyev International Airport, or you may take a stroll on one of the avenues or parks named after him. He is Heydar Aliyev, and this is your ticket to his cult.
Art, propaganda and the cult of personality
Pedophile clerics. Russian threats. Ineffective Western diplomacy. Education and equal rights for women. Most people are used to reading reports on all these topics in the media today. But few are aware that artists in the South Caucasus were addressing these issues on the pages of satirical magazines a century ago.
Between satire and censorship: Political cartoons in the South Caucasus
Lost territory, lives, and cultural heritage; disturbances that can be traced all over the world and cannot yet be processed by our country. Maybe that is one of the reasons we fear changing anything perceived as part of our heritage; one of the reasons our free spirits clash with a wall of standards and traditions, which, once upon a time, were just experiments.
Taboos and breakthroughs
Pink City II (as soft boys go deeper) is a journey through the artist’s inner self, an interpretation of the subconscious play of reality and imagery. Using deeply personal essays and poetic self-expression, the film explores life in the imaginary space that is designed to be shapeless, genderless, safe, healthy, and free in every way, to facilitate marginalized queer individuals, as well as people who need to escape a discriminative and violent reality.
Pink city II (as soft boys go deeper)
The film is a story about the creation of a book. The book is travelling, has its inner road, which in this particular case only shapes in the preferred spaces of the Armenian author Aram Pachyan.*
Rum & Coke
This is a poem about the homeland. If you subtract the occupied areas, whatever remains, about 80 percent.
The text used in the video came from tourist campaign slogans used by the Gerogian government over the past several years.
Artists have used their art to protest against politics and politicians for years in Armenia. But after the 2018 revolution, many artists stopped using the tools they had developed to push their agenda—despite the fact that the new government gave them plenty of reasons for protest.
In this film, which was made in the summer of 2020, Hovhannes Ishkhanyan speaks with three artists—Karen Ohanyan, Artak Gevorgyan and Arthur Petrosyan—to find out why they stopped protesting like they used to. And, inspired by them, Hovhannes creates his own piece of political art.
Disclaimer: Armenian artist Artak Gevorgyan, one of the interviewees of this film, is a husband of Armenia media manager Sona Simonyan.
What do we mean by Georgian protest art or activism, How does it resemble or voice our turbulent recent history? This film highlights some participants of the artistic process and explores the topic through the interviews that express different angles. Four interviewees examine history of artistic protest through historical, cultural, documentary and artistic lenses, recall some examples and besides relevant answers sets new questions for viewers.