Angels of Protection

Angels of Protection

The exhibition Angels of Protection is dedicated to the Armenian ceramic school of Kutahya, which flourished from the 16th to the early 20thcenturies – a historic period during which consumer culture and global trade were increasingly developing. Armenian potters of Kutahya produced a wide range of wares for domestic use and objects crafted for places of worship. Among the most popular sacral objects were the egg-shaped ornaments used in Armenian and Greek churches, as well as in mosques. Suspended from chains either alone or directly from oil lamps, these decorative objects were used to prevent mice from stealing oil from the lamps. Decorated with glazed polychrome six-winged seraphim, crosses, and sometimes with inscriptions in Armenian with the donor's name and its destination, such objects can still be seen in Saint James Cathedral and the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The exhibition presents items from public and private collections from Armenia and diasporic institutions. 

Nairi Khatchadourian is a Paris-born curator and project manager working in the fields of contemporary art, design and cultural heritage. Khatchadourian studied Art History at the Sorbonne University in Paris and Entrepreneurship at the Edhec Business School in Lille. Based in Yerevan since 2015, Khatchadourian has a wide range of experience in commissioning contemporary art installations, curating exhibitions, conducting research, and implementing the cultural sectors. She is the founding director of the creative studio aha collective. Khatchadourian is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution’s My Armenia Program funded by USAID to build capacity across regional museums. 

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