Mischa Badasyan (Germany and Russia)
in collaboration with Vardan Harutyunyan (Armenia)
performance, video, sound installation
Modern Art Museum, Yerevan
Ocotber 15-25, 2013
‘Enter’ is a word that appeared in the tile of the above-mentioned artistic duo’s performance as a metaphor that refers to the notions of ‘refreshment and changes’. ‘Once you take a step in to the ‘door’ you set up a new reality’, the artists said. However, the metaphoric representation of the ‘enter’ works also on the level of reflection on such issues as migration and refugees, which has been a crucial topic in Mischa Badasyan’s artistic practices of recent years. Eventually, what remains after the performative action of entering are the broken doors and ‘borders’.
‘Enter’ is a public performance that was implemented as part of the residency program of Mischa Badasyan at the ‘Art Commune’ AIR Program (ACSL).
Mischa Badasyan is a performance and video artist based in Berlin, Germany. He was born on February 25th, 1988 in Rostov on Don, Russia. His father is a Georgian-born Armenian and his mother is Armenian. Badasyan studied Political Science at the South University in Rostov and actively engaged in environmental protecting organizations, Human rights, and LGBT communal work. In 2008, he moved to Germany and eventually began studying social work in Dresden, while staying active in social/AIDS/LGBT organizations. It was later, in 2011, when Mischa Badasyan merged in the stage of live performances: ‘I moved to live in UK and visited the Manchester’s International Festival, and amazing and shocking part of it was a live performance by M. Abramovich. That was a crucial momentum in my professional career and I deeper merged in that stream that we know as ‘performance art.’
Vardan Harutyunyan is a composer and sound artist with particular interest in making filed recordings. Vardan has been often the often invited to collaborate with visual artists. Vardan Harutyunyan was born in Yerevan in 1987. He has graduated the Yerevan State Conservatory (composition class) and has been working in the fields of academic, electronic, and electro-acoustic music.