Europe Day 2014: Overnight Performance | EUNewsletter

Europe Day 2014: Overnight Performance

26 May 2014

On 23 May, on the penultimate day of Europe Day Information Week an overnight performance took place at Aznavour Square in Yerevan. Nine Armenian artists used Latin “E” letters to picture their perception of Europe. Despite the rain all the artists started preparing their installations: some of them used the letter to show positive vibes that they receive from interactions with European culture, while others presented less favourable things that they come across, things that need to be fixed so that people start living better.
This was the third year of Europe Day for an artist Lucie Abdalyan: three years ago she started telling a story through her pieces of art. She told about the inspiration she got from her interaction with Europe. In her opinion Armenia and Armenians can learn a lot from European culture.
On the other hand Levon Fljyan said that for him every culture, every nation has its beauty; that is why we have something to learn from every nation. In his work he painted pieces of different European “ism”s that had had significant influence on artists all around the world.
Another artist, animator Vrej Kassouny, described his installation as showing the concept of friendship between all the nations, based on bright spiritual connection. Spanish artist Guillermo Rojas, who had a master class on visual art in the framework of Europe Day Information Week, also participated in the performance. ‘When Armenians speak about Europe, they picture football. Everyone here is a fan of either “Barcelona” or “Real Madrid”. Besides, as I am Spanish, I decided to picture my national symbols – flamenco, football and a bull with horns. This bull will also represent how firm and determined Armenians are’, said Guillermo.
Anna Terzikyan aimed at showing the symbol of migration. She filled her “E” with old shoes that represented migrants that leave their country to start a new life in other shoes. Besides, she claimed the reason of migration to be informational isolation and lack of freedom of speech.
Daniel Waples, hand pan musician from Great Britain later joined other artists and gave a small performance with an Armenian musician Miqayel Voskanyan and a young violinist whom he had accidentally met in Yerevan.
Ready installations were displayed at the closing ceremony of the Europe Day Information Week at the Freedom Square in Yerevan on 24 May.

Europe Day 2014: Overnight Performance

On 23 May, on the penultimate day of Europe Day Information Week an overnight performance took place at Aznavour Square in Yerevan. Nine Armenian artists used Latin “E” letters to picture their perception of Europe. Despite the rain all the artists started preparing their installations: some of them used the letter to show positive vibes that they receive from interactions with European culture, while others presented less favourable things that they come across, things that need to be fixed so that people start living better. This was the third year of Europe Day for an artist Lucie Abdalyan: three years ago she started telling a story through her pieces of art. She told about the inspiration she got from her interaction with Europe. In her opinion Armenia and Armenians can learn a lot from European culture. On the other hand Levon Fljyan said that for him every culture, every nation has its beauty; that is why we have something to learn from every nation. In his work he painted pieces of different European “ism”s that had had significant influence on artists all around the world. Another artist, animator Vrej Kassouny, described his installation as showing the concept of friendship between all the nations, based on bright spiritual connection. Spanish artist Guillermo Rojas, who had a master class on visual art in the framework of Europe Day Information Week, also participated in the performance. ‘When Armenians speak about Europe, they picture football. Everyone here is a fan of either “Barcelona” or “Real Madrid”. Besides, as I am Spanish, I decided to picture my national symbols – flamenco, football and a bull with horns. This bull will also represent how firm and determined Armenians are’, said Guillermo. Anna Terzikyan aimed at showing the symbol of migration. She filled her “E” with old shoes that represented migrants that leave their country to start a new life in other shoes. Besides, she claimed the reason of migration to be informational isolation and lack of freedom of speech. Daniel Waples, hand pan musician from Great Britain later joined other artists and gave a small performance with an Armenian musician Miqayel Voskanyan and a young violinist whom he had accidentally met in Yerevan. Ready installations were displayed at the closing ceremony of the Europe Day Information Week at the Freedom Square in Yerevan on 24 May.