EURASIAN CULTURAL ALLIANCE
1/08 — 28/08
Tigran Amiryan is an independent curator and contemporary culture researcher with a PhD in Literary Studies. He is interested in the issues of narrating individual and collective memory in contemporary culture, and studies narrative theory in relation to visually narrated texts. His research and curatorial projects combine an examination of the narration of personal/individual experience, artistic (fictional) representation of and stories about the self, and biography; and a focus on urban space and the environment, which preserve memories about people’s lives even as they are subject to constant neglect and decay.
During his residency, Tigran studied the dynamics of the development and disappearance of urban objects related to individual or collective memory. In particular, he proposed to identify how the memory of a multiethnic city is formed and functions, and which fragments of urban architecture reflect the identities of various religious and ethnic groups.
The result of his stay in Almaty was the publication of the book Memory Square. It is a short essay that raises questions relevant in the context of contemporary cultural anthropology, sociology, memory studies. The project was presented as part of the international symposium Art With/out the City, organized during Artbat Fest 2018.