Tigran amiryan
Kukia Alphabet
Tbilisi's Places of Memory
In the framework of GeoAIR residency, Tigran Amiryan worked on the art doc project "Kukia Alphabet." It researches the aspects of multi-ethnicity in Tbilisi and looks at its dynamics through particular sites of memory – cemeteries.
The project explores pantheons of famous people, and graveyards of ordinary people belonging to particular ethnic or religious groups; how these places emerge and move within the city. While some of them are associated with specific groups, there are also those, which unite people with different backgrounds. Kukia is one of such examples that show how the diversity of the city can be observed through the headstones in various languages and alphabets.







თბილისში სხვადასხვა რელიგიურ და ეთნიკურ ჯგუფზე არსებული მეხსიერების შესახებ ისაუბრებენ სტუდიის სტუმრები - თანამედროვე კულტურის მკვლევარი, ფილოლოგიის მეცნიერებათა დოქტორი, კურატორი ტიგრან ამირიანი და თსუ-ს ანთროპოლოგიის პროგრამის დოქტორანტი, ასისტენტ მკვლევარი ალისა დათუნაშვილი;




Alisa Datunashvili & Tigran Amiryan talk about art research project on Georgian TV
7 jun 2017 Tbilisi
Exhibition:
Kukia Alphabet

09 - 16 Septemberin 2017
Contemporary Art Space,
Zviad Gamsakhurdia st, 1/5
Batumi, Georgia


In the framework of international photo festival Batumi Photo days 2017







The Site of Memory
A Memory of a Site


multimedia by Tigran Amiryan
editing - Lucine Talalyan
Jujuna Avalishvili talks about the destruction of the old Muslim cemetery and about the friendship with the Dagestani artist Manaba Magamedova.
Jujuna Avalishvili has been working in а rosarium of Tbilisi Botanical garden for over 50 years.
Kukia Alphabet: presentation of research findings and the project publication
How are the places of personal and collective memory distributed in a city? How are the entire ensembles of a personal memory erased? A multiethnic city is reflected in sites of memory, which often disappear or collapse, and are replaced with public monuments of state importance. In the framework of GeoAIR residency, Tigran Amiryan worked on an art doc project "Kukia Alphabet," which analyzes memories regarding various religious and ethnic groups in Tbilisi.

Poster Kukia Alphabet created in collaboration with Harutyun Toumaghyan

9 jun - 2017
Caucasian House კავკასიური სახლი
G.Tabidze 20
Tbilissi

Mirzoyan library
10 Mher Mkrtchyan Street, Yerevan
Project presentation Yerevan
28 / 07 / 2017
20 / 00


Թբիլիսի. Հիշողության վայրերը / Վայրերի հիշողությունները

Ինչպե՞ս է ձեւավորվում քաղաքային տարածության հիշողությունը։ Որո՞նք են հիշողության տրավմատիկ բնաջնջման հատվածները եւ այդ բազմազգ եւ բազմադավան քաղաքի հուշարձանները։ Ինչպե՞ս է ձեւավորվում հավաքական հիշողությունը կամ տարբեր ազգերի, դավանանքի, սոցիալական խմբերի պատկանելիության մարդկանց հուշակոթողների անսամբլը քաղաքային տարածության մեջ։ Տիգրանը կպատմի քաղաքի հիշողության մասին մշակութային վավերագրական նախագծի իր փորձի մասին։
Kukia Alphabet, art book, Texte & photo - T. Amiryan, design - Klim Gretchka - GeoAir, Tbilisi, 2017.
PRESENTATION - CURATORIAL TALK
IN THE FRAMEWORK OF GREEN ACADEMY 2017
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung South Caucasus

Soviet repressions of the 1930s targeted not only specific social or ethnic groups, but also the memories of these communities. The urban areas of Tbilisi is a vivid example of such repressive erasure of memory. The Soviet neutralization of ensemble of monuments (cemeteries) to ordinary people and their replacement with parks and gardens have been traumatic for social and ethnic groups in the city. How does the modern post-Soviet state overcome this traumatic past? How can we speak about this "trick" with the memory of an urban area using artistic language?

"Kukia Alphabet": the aspects of multi-ethnicity in Tbilisi and looks at its dynamics through particular sites of memory – cemeteries: talk by Tigran Amiryan
November 27, Aghveran, Armenia
For their support during the working process, special thanks to:
Alisa Datunashvili
Nini Palavandishvili
Data Chigholashvili
GeoAir
CEC ArtsLink
Harutyun Toumaghian
Klim Gretchka
Anna Muradova
Nodar Chankotadze
Alexander Elisashvili
Lucine Talalyan
Nino-Ana Samkharadze
Lika Antadze
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