The Aslamazyan Sisters

The Aslamazyan Sisters

The exhibition The Aslamazyan Sisters is devoted to the artistic legacy of two remarkable Armenian sisters and artists, whose life and artistic trajectory span the entire history of the USSR. Through their modernist approach and prolific international careers, Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan broke conventions in the male-dominated Soviet visual art world and challenged the patriarchal society of Soviet Armenia. They produced a rich body of work of paintings, graphic works, large-scale panels, and ceramics, collaborated in the film and theatre sectors as costume and set designers, and in publishing as illustrators. Throughout their distinctive oeuvre, the sisters continually depicted women from different milieu showing the uniqueness and beauty of the individual woman and thus transcending stereotypes. Through their work, Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan raised issues related to gender and identity, ultimately questioning the sociopolitical status of women and the moral codes of a traditionally patriarchal society. Endowing their female figures with agency and determination, the sisters championed the emancipation of women in every sector of society. The exhibition presents artworks on display in a number of regional museums in Armenia.

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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