Talk: Vartan Avakian

All That Is Seen And Unseen:
Vartan Avakian in conversation with Klea Charitou (Art Historian - Curator)
Thursday, 8 November 2018, 18.00
at Kalfayan Galleries, Athens

On the occasion of the closure of the artist’s solo exhibition "Residual Histories"
venue: Kalfayan Galleries, Athens

Short Biography

Vartan Avakian is a multidisciplinary artist, working with installation, video and photography. He studied Architecture and Urban Culture at the Universitat Politegravecnica de Catalunya and the CCCB, Barcelona, and Communication Arts at the Lebanese American University. Vartan Avakian is a founding member of “Atfal Ahdath”, a Beirut based art collective. Awards/Grants: Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Beirut, Lebanon (2014); Abraaj Group Art Prize (2013). He has exhibited throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the US. Recent solo show: “All That is Seen and Unseen”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Upcoming group show: ”Light in Wartime”, Apexart, New York, USA.  Germany. Selected exhibitions: “That, Around Which The Universe Revolves - Chapter V”, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; “Theatre of Measurement”, Kunsthaus München; “Thread”, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens (all in 2017); Esma’/Listen (Marcella Lista and Marie Muracciole), Beirut Art Center, Beirut; Project 35: The Last Act, Garage 35, Moscow (all in 2016);“The City in the City”, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon; “Dust” (group show), Center for Contemporary Art -Ujazdowski Castle (curated by Anna Ptak, in collaboration with Amanda Abi Khalil), Warsaw; VideoWorks, Beirut; " Collapsing Clouds of Gas and Dust” (solo show), Marfa Projects, Beirut; “Collapsing Clouds of Gas and Dust and One Other story” (residency and solo show), Nile Sunset Annex, Cairo, Egypt (all in 2015); ‘InVisible – Public Art Commission’ (curated by Amanda Abi Khalil, produced by 17A Art Consultants/Hetal Pawani). Commissioned and funded by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Dubai; “Whistling in the Dark” (curated by Aischa Berg), Workshop Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon; Film (curated by David Gryn), Art Basel Miami Beach, Kalfayan Galleries (all in 2014); ‘InVisible – Public Art Commission’, Commissioned and funded by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Dubai; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait; Wallach Art Gallery, New York; Transmediale 2K+12, Berlin (all 2012); Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York; Sharjah Biennial X; South London Gallery, London; Can Felipa, Barcelona; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; ACVIC, Vic; Cer Modern, Ankara; The Cube, Taipei; Museum Alex Mylona, Athens; Al Hoash, Jerusalem; The Goethe Institut, Cairo; 5th Indonesian International Video Festival, Jakarta; 33rd Cinemed, Montpellier; 2nd Antakya Biennial (all 2011); Home Works V, Beirut; Journées de la Photographie 10, Damascus; Townhouse Gallery, Cairo; Beirut Art Center, Beirut (all 2010); Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo; Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut (all 2009). Avakian is a founding member of "Atfal Ahdath", a Beirut based art collective. He lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.

Klea Charitou is an art historian and curator based in Athens. After a BA in Greek Literature at Kapodistrian University of Athens she graduated with an MA in Art History from Aristotle University, Thessaloniki and a second MA in Curating from the University Rennes 2, Rennes. Currently PhD candidate in the School of Fine Arts of Athens she prepares a thesis titled “The relations between Logos and Art in the Greek art in the 1970s”. She has worked as a curatorial assistant for documenta 14 and she has been part of the Curatorial team of Kunsthalle Athena. She has collaborated in various projects, including: South as a State of Mind arts and culture magazine, This Is Not My Beautiful House, POLITICAL SPEECHES (Kunsthalle Athena), Cady Noland, (University Rennes2 and FRAC Bretagne), PAWNSHOP, E-FLUX Project (3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art), Demo #2, Architecture, Theory, Visual Arts, Design, Performance (DYNAMO project-space) and she has been curatorial fellow in different programs in Europe.