Rarely seen, this gem of Armenian avant-garde art is a gesture of deviance; a political commentary that positively reverses the image of isolation current among cultural pessimists, as a seizure of space in a world of standardization, of the mass society. —bidoun.org
Born in 1950, Ashnak. Lives in Ashnak.
Hamlet Hovsepian works with film and video, performance art, land-art and abstract expressionist painting. Having lived and worked in Moscow from 1978 to 1980, Hovsepian formed a close relationship with the aesthetic avant-garde of the Russian capital, and held his first exhibition there. However, since returning to Armenia, the work of this solitary artist has been based in and around his native village of Ashnak, not far from Yerevan, which for him forms both an experimental laboratory and a front against society’s norms and pacified rules of conduct.
The oppressiveness of normality and everyday actions takes on an anti-humanist severity in Hovsepian’s short films Thinker (1975-76), Yawning (1975), Itch (1975), Head (1975) and Untitled (1976), recording the simple actions of their titles. The approach is raw and direct, despite the fact that some of the actions verge on the absurd, or are presented in an exaggerated way. The rhythm… read more