Silvina Der Meguerditichian

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15 November 2018 - 12 January 2019

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Silvina Der Meguerditchian is the granddaughter of Armenian immigrants to Argentina. She was born in 1967 in Buenos Aires and since 1988 is based in Berlin, Germany. She works in different media (video, sculptures, installations, performances et al) and focuses on issues of identity and displacement, as well as the role of minorities and the impact of migration in the urban space. Reconstruction of the past and the building of archives are a red thread in her artistic research. Der Meguerditchian has exhibited internationally. Shows include among others: “Verstrickungen”, Auguste Bebel Institut, Berlin, Germany; DAO (Dilijan Art Observatory) Dilijan, Armenia; “Erinnerung und Gerechtigkeit”, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany; “From Generation to Generation”, Jewish Museum, San Francisco, USA; “Fokus Istanbul, Martin Gropius Bau” Berlin, Germany. In 2015 she participated in "Armenity", the Armenian Pavilion at the 56. Venice Biennial which was awarded with the Golden Lion Award (curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg). In the fall 2015 she curated the project "Grandchildren, new geographies of belonging" that took place as parallel event of the 14. Istanbul Biennial. Exhibitions in 2018 include:  “Non Linear Histories”, Glendale Library, Los Angeles, USA and “Hello World. Revising a Collection”, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany; The latter was conceived as a critical inquiry into the collection of the Nationalgalerie and its predominantly Western focus at the Hamburger Bahnhof. Scholarships and residencies include a 6 months scholarship in 2014 at Kulturakademie Tarabya, Istanbul (residency organized by the German Foreign Ministry and the Goethe Institute). Der Meguerditchian is the Founder of  ‘Underconstruction’, a platform for artists and curators interested in issues of identity, trans-globalization,  the construction of both personal and group consciousness and the role of diasporas, including but not limited to the Armenian diaspora. Furthermore, since 2010 she is artistic director of Houshamadyan (www.houshamadyan.org), a project to reconstruct Ottoman Armenian town and village life. Her projects were awarded with scholarships from the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), Soros Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Goethe Institut, the Tufenkian Foundation, the City of Berlin, the German Foreign Ministry, the Anadolu Kültür Foundation and the Gulbenkian Foundation. Silvina Der Meguerditchian is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki.