Thursday, March 22, 2012

Who Doesn’t Like a Good Old Story?

Kalfayan Galleries present Aikaterini Gegisian’s solo exhibition “Who Doesn’t Like a Good Old Story?

The exhibition includes artist's new work based on images of Soviet Armenia collected from commemorative photo albums and tourist guides dating from the 50s to the 60s and salvaged from flea markets and second hand bookstores in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.

As images of Soviet modernity have become, over the past 20 years, another modality in consumer nostalgia and are treated as “exotic” variations of the modern, works presented in this exhibition react precisely against this impulse to consume the “world as image”, reflecting instead on the construction of historical memory and the representation of space.

The works act as memorials that commemorate the modern as a distant past and at the same time, turn into central emblems of a new landscape.
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