By Heidi Trautmann
When I went to see the
exhibition one day after the opening I had the opportunity to speak to the
young artist. We had met two years before on the occasion of a project
organised within the framework of the Confrontation through Art Project in
Nicosia. Now, he has come for a solo
exhibition curated by Turkish curator Basak Senova who has frequently been
working with our art association EMAA. There will be a book edited by the
curator that discusses his art, and will be launched during the exhibition, it
contains reflections by several authors.
I asked him if he is a
passionate mathematician, he answered that he is an architect; you can see it
from his love for graphic order, for geometry and the balance of colours. His
education as architect had led him to consider various laws, the one of
statics, the law of communication, and the laws of society and nature.
Find hereafter Benji
Boyadgian’s CV, my review on the LINE
exhibition in which he took part in this same gallery, and a further review on
a similar exhibition of his.
Benji Boyadgian (1983, Jerusalem) studied architecture at ENSAPLV School of
Architecture (L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris La
Villette), specializing in urban sociology in post-conflict areas.
Boyadgian works on research-based
projects that explore themes revolving around heritage, territory, architecture
and landscape. He mostly uses painting and drawing as main tools to convey his
His solo shows are A journey into Abstrabesque, Al
Ma'mal Foundation, Jerusalem (2013), and Vanishing Landscapes, Al Kahf Gallery, Bethlehem (2010).
Boyadgian also internationally exhibited in Jerusalem Show VII, under the coverage of Qalandiya International Biennial, Jerusalem
(2014); Spinning On An Axis under
the coverage of curated by Mario
Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna (2014); Line, Art Rooms, Kyrenia (2015);Stepping over the Borders, European Mediterranean Art
Association (EMMA), Nicosia (2015); and Shared
Religious Places, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilization
(MuCEM), Marseille (2015).
Boyadgian attended the Young Artists Residency Program of Confrontation Through Art Project, organized
by EMAA and Rooftop Theatre Group, Nicosia. He was been co-awarded the Ismail
Shammout Prize 2015 in Palestine.
Boyadgian lives and works in Jerusalem.
ARTIST FEATURE, CONTEMPORARY, PAINTING
Benji Boyadgian’s display of architecture and heritage
Posted by SHADEDMINDS on JULY 8, 2016
Jerusalem, artist and architect Benji Boyadgian combines his practices to
explore the themes of heritage, territory, architecture, and landscape
through both abstract and realist perspectives. His abstract works seem to
colorfully mimic the state of the city in which the artist has spent his life
living in, and perhaps also represents something even more personal for
Boyadgian. The traditional patterns (native to his area) become jumbled with
snaking and intertwined, bold strikes of color that disassemble and merge
together with the uniform design of the past. This approaches the same
theme that his black and white landscape paintings reach for. His realist
paintings capture pieces of overgrown ruins that can be found in areas around
Jerusalem – areas such as Wadi el-Shami that are disappearing under the
stress of modern expansion – and documents them as if they are already a part
of the past. Benji’s work, especially when taken in all at once and
considered for a time, takes on a very real sense of being somewhere between
appreciating the timelessness of a place so rich in culture and history and
realizing its state of transition into something that we won’t necessarily
recognize. How does the artist’s work change the way people see things? How
does this concept change the way we view the world around us? Search through
his work below!
LINE Art Exhibition at the ArtRooms in Kyrenia
By Heidi Trautmann
Line is a body that connects things. It is continuous and leads
somewhere or it is broken and you are lost, it will be stretched or breaking
when under tension. It is a discipline in the arts. A line may be a border you
are not supposed to cross, thus separating. In a metaphorical sense it may have
many other meanings, for example how the curator of above exhibition, Başak
Şenova, explains in the introduction of the art brochure:
“The fine line between the self and its surroundings has always been
penetrated from both sides. Yet this line determines the position and the
identity of the self. In the same vein the things the self desires to sink into
oblivion are pushed to the other side of this line. Therefore, this very line
also functions as a tool for unresponsiveness and blindness. The LINE
exhibition noticeably presents diverse artistic approaches and positions with
each work. Aptly, LINE inhabits artists and works from different geographies,
while rendering and detecting comparable social, historical, psychological and
political realities that surround the artists.”
The artists: Ali Cherri, Almagul Menlibayeva, Benji Boyadgian, Ceren
Oykut, Maria Loizidou, Oya Silbery. Six works so different from each other that
I cannot detect any tangents, lines or
fields of contact, they represent images of a concentrated individual view. The
videos, photos and drawings are sending out touching, impressive messages with
stories around identity, the other self, a call for a new memento mori. What is
the human being in front of the great power of economy and consumerism, in
front of exploitation, we feel left behind and all what is left is our dreams
that one day things will change.
Is this the line I was looking for? The small hope that one day things
will change for the better?
The exhibition will remain
open until 16 January 2017 at the ArtRooms from midday until midnight, except