Pratt Manhattan Gallery and the Blind Dates Project Present
a Lecture by Marc Nichanian
Blind Dates exhibition at Pratt Manhattan Gallery through February 11
Please join us for a special lecture
organized in conjunction with the exhibition
“Blind Dates: New Encounters from the Edges of a Former Empire”
“What Image for the Death of the Witness?”
A lecture by literary critic and cultural studies Professor Marc Nichanian, Sabanci University, Turkey
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
Free and open to the public
The thirteen collaboratively made works by the “Blind Dates” artists include: architectural drawings and models by Silva Ajemian and Aslihan Demitas that re-imagine the ruins of the ancient cultural capital of Ani; personal stories that map a peaceful protest against the demise of old architecture, public spaces, and the infringement of human rights in post-Soviet Armenia by Karen Andreassian with Citizen Walker Sergey; an audio-visual critique of recreations of “trauma” and “atrocity” through documentaries by Hrayr Anmahouni Eulmessekian with Anahid Kassabian; a whimsical video critique of Orientalism by Michael Blum and Damir Niksić; a sculpture in the shape of a platform found in Turkish baths that reconstructs the once interconnected histories of Iznik and Kütahya ceramic tile-making traditions by Linda Ganjian and Elif Uras; Archivalphotographs and an essay in three languages that explore the relation of objective truths and personal mythologies by Jean Marie Casbarian with Nazan Maksudyan; A poster that highlights and questions developments in the fields of museology, archaeology, and art education during the late Ottoman empire by Özge Ersoy with Taline Toutounjian; Color photographs that recapture the exiled Ottoman-Armenian artist Arshile Gorky as seen through the grids of his “glass house” in Connecticut by Aram Jibilian with Aaron Mattocks as Arshile Gorky’s ghost; An installation of legal documents detailing the exchange of letters in artist Nina Katchadourian and Ahmet Öğüt’snames for life; An animated video that explores the unchanging yet resilient role of women in Armenia by Karine Matsakian and Sona Abgarian; a documentary video based on performance workshops that trace the evolution of the Zeybekiko Greek folk-dance tradition to Turkman warriors by Stefanos Tsivopoulos with Ursula Eagly, CarlosFittante, and Christopher Williams; Photographs and a philosophical essay on how to resurrect traditions from ruptured pasts through translation by Jalal Toufic with Selim Kuru; A mixed-media installation by Xurban Collective that poses as an archeological/botanical survey from ruined villages within five different regions of Anatolia.
MARC NICHANIAN was Professor of Armenian Studies at Columbia University from 1996 to 2007 and is currently Visiting Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul, in the Department of Cultural Studies. He edited and published the Armenian language philosophical review GAM (6 volumes) from 1980 to 2005. Recent publications include La Perversion historiographique, Paris: Leo Scheer, 2006 (translated into English by Gil Anidjar, The Historiographic Perversion, New York: Columbia University, 2008), and a 3-volume study, Entre l’art et le témoignage (Geneva: MétisPresse, 2006-2008), on Armenian literature in the 20th century, of which the first volume is already available in English: Writers of Disaster (London: Gomidas, 2002). He has translated Benjamin, Nietzsche, Jünger, Blanchot and Jean-Luc Nancy into Armenian.
DEFNE AYAS is a curator and educator specializing in new media and visual art performance. She is director of programs for Arthub Asia; teaches art history at New York University, Shanghai; and has been curator of PERFORMA in New York City-since 2004. NEERY MELKONIAN is a freelance art advisor, critic, curator, and educator based in New York City. She was formerly associate director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and director of visual arts programming at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. She serves as the director of the Blind Dates Project and is the producer of its public programming.
For more information on “Blind Dates” please call 212-647-7778, email email@example.com, or visit www.pratt.edu/exhibitionsand http://blinddatesproject.org. For photos from the exhibit’s opening reception please visit Facebook by searching “Pratt Manhattan Gallery” and follow Pratt Exhibitions on Twitter at “PrattGallery.” For guided exhibition tours please call: 212-842-4868.