Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Treasures, 2015
Site specific installation
Courtesy the artist
Silvina Der-Meguerditchian was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1967 and lives and works in Berlin. The artist is the grand-daughter of Armenian immigrants to Argentina. Her artistic work deals with issues related to national identity, memory, the role of minorities in the society and the potential of a space "in between."Der-Meguerditchian is interested in the impact of migration in the urban space and its consequences. Her work uses different medias such as installation, video, sound, rugs, and performance. She is initiator of the platform for Armenian artists and curators Underconstruction, the first Armenian Diaspora representation at the 52.Venice Biennial, (Underconstruction: Visual dialogue - Talking about identities in the Armenian Transnation). 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, Tufenkian Foundation, and the Gulbenkian Foundation. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions around the world, including, among others, Germany, Argentina and Turkey. In 2014 she spent a 6 months scholarship at the Kulturakademie Tarabya in Istanbul, a residency program of the German Foreign Ministry and the Goethe Institute.