Haig Aivazian was born in 1980 in Beirut, Lebanon, where he currently lives and works. He is an artist, a curator and a writer. Using performance, video, drawing, installation and sculpture, his work weaves together personal and geo-political, micro and macro narratives in its search for ideological loopholes and short circuits. Aivazian holds an MFA from Northwestern University and is a Skowhegan alumni (2011). His work has been exhibited in France, Germany, Austria, Lebanon, the U.A.E, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S.A. Refugee Olympics, part of the FUGERE project, was commissioned for Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009). Aivazian’s video works have been included in several exhibitions and festivals including at Mercer Union, Toronto (2011), Art Dubai (2012), FIDMarseille (2012) and videobrasil’s Southern Panoramas (2013). Among his curated exhibitions are: Roads Were Open/Roads Were Closed at The Third Line, Dubai (2008); and Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 10 (2011), of which he was Associate Curator. Aivazian has written for a number of publications including Afterall Journal, Manifesta Journal, FUSE, Adbusters, Ibraaz, Bidoun, AMCA (Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey), The Arab Studies Journal as well as several exhibition catalogues. He is represented by Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg/Beirut.
Haig Aivazian, Hastayım Yaşıyorum (I am sick, but I am alive), 2014
Wood and polyester varnish, 235 x 36,5 x 99,5 cm
Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg
Photo: Deirdre A. Power