development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
Harutyun Alpetyan - Independent art curator
After working as a technical consultant at Bosch Automotive for years, Harutyun Alpetyan switched his professional interest over to arts. He had for years, even during his career as an engineer, created video documentary clips and finally saw an opportunity to shift his focus onto his artistic work. He particularly tried to understand how his work would be perceived within a local art environment, a context that he had not explored and was quite unfamiliar with. In doing this he understood the necessity of doing further research and studying the local arts.
In the summer of 2009 Harutyun Alpetyan took part in the Curatorial Summer School organized by AICA Armenia. Subsequently, in September, he enrolled in a year-long course called “The Job of Exhibition and Cultural Criticism” conducted by AICA Armenia. At the same time he founded, with his colleague Nvard Yerkanian, an art space called AJZspace where they began to work on different projects, most of them related to curatorial practices. In two years they had organized more than 20 exhibitions, shows, presentations and artist talks at the AJZspace. At least six of these events were done in collaboration with foreign artists.
Currently working in Armenia.
Most important projects:
2009 - a non-commercial independent art space AJZ
2011 - a formal group called the Armenian Performing Arts Independent Community, which regularly organizes meetings for the discussion of ideas, challenges, and prospects. While each participant group has its own projects and activities, the goal is to work on common projects as well. This initiative is increasingly becoming critical to the local theatre scene.
2010 - a contemporary art festival "Encounters on Boarders" in the City of Ijevan, Armenia. The organizers were the 2010 graduating students of AICA Curatorial School.
2011 October - Artistic project-city trip in Cracow Seven Krakow Narratives (KRT festival).
2010 April - Armenia Walking Through collaborative research project by Irene Valenti and Roberto Sartor.
2011 March - production of a short film by Josef Dabernig "HyperCrisis". Venice short film Nominee for the European Film Awards.