Գիշեր | gisher, by artist Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin, is a live work and video performance that touches on ideas of geography, the body, identity, heritage and conflict. Filmed and mostly written in Armenia, Գիշեր | gisher is a piece of two halves. Starting in a theatre, audiences will experience a collage of sound and film. Then, echoing the oral traditions of SWANA (South West Asian, North African) communities, they will move outside to sit around a fire and listen to the recorded audio responses of eight London-based artists. It’s a captivating and lyrical work whose first performance in July 2020 coincided with the re-emergence of the conflict between Armenia and Turkey/Azerbaijan.
Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin
— Artist, researcher and queer agitator
— գիշեր | gisher
Artist, researcher and queer agitator
Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin
Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin is an artist, independent researcher and queer agitator of Armenian descent. Their research is built of a collection of pedagogic and performative events that focus on experiencing pleasure as a form of resistance to systemic oppression by relating a queer/transfeminist approach to somatic practices. Trained in dance, their work exists is the shape of movement, video, text, choreography, sound and gatherings, and deals with narratives of hostility, survival strategies, rest, friction, sensuality, healing.
Giorgia took part in LIFT’s podcast Plans For The Future.
— Artist and somatic healing practitioner
Artist and somatic healing practitioner
Assia Ghendir is an artist and somatic healing practitioner working with the sonic and soma.
Their current practice is research-driven and exists at the intersection of geographic and geometric movements within ancestry, grief, otherness, prayer and queerness. Using mediums of movement, voice, devotional sound and breathwork.
— Artist and dancer
Artist and dancer
Claudia Palazzo is an artist and dancer working across the intersections and contradictions of dance, performance art, alternative cabaret, and film. It exists somewhere between the nightclub, gallery, and street and focuses on the live experience as a place for highly charged connections. The work/ dancing/ body seeks to build/hold territories and spaces to consider/feel non verbal agreements, desires and understandings.
“Aesthetically my work is heavily influenced by my roots in nightclub culture and inner-city concrete dwellings. I seek to establish charged connections and subliminal understandings with an audience in order to process and harness our collective sense of freedom, sadness, resistance, power and endurance”
Claudia is often preoccupied with, how to move through, deal with, process and oppose systems of violence.
Surreal urgency.On the edge of feral. With a bassline.
Chloe AyoDeji Filani
— Black feminism and public speaker
Black feminism and public speaker
Chloe AyoDeji Filani
Chloe AyoDeji Filani, Artist of Poetry, Performance, Black Feminism, Public Speaker and workshop facilitator. My artistic practise/poetry works with my lived experience of being a black trans woman and the broader themes of identity of power structures and finding hope in the imagination and storytelling.
— Independent researcher, curator and art historian
Independent researcher, curator and art historian
Mistura Allison is an independent researcher, curator and art historian. She is the founder of ashikọ – a visually driven art platform inspired by Africa and its Diaspora. She collaborates with artists and researchers to think of possibilities of ‘reclamation’.
Reclamation as a Black practice is at the heart of her work, as well as explorations of the self and notions of freedom.
Her curatorial practice is further fueled by her interest in representing the plurality of contemporary Afro-Diasporic visual and oral productions.
— Audio producer and multi-disciplinary sonic-visual artist
Audio producer and multi-disciplinary sonic-visual artist
Olivia Melkonian is an audio producer and multi-disciplinary sonic-visual artist raised between London, UK and Sharjah, UAE. She has worked in audio for over five years in radio stations, record labels, events companies and produced work for leading UK-based production companies including Listen Entertainment, Audio Always and the BBC.
Olivia pieces together collective memory through remnants found in the home. Inspired by generational family traditions of storytelling, she archives dialect, ritual and even the mundane that remain unique to personal and family experiences. Realising the power in recording our existence through sound and analogue visuals, Olivia captures collective memory as a tool of resistance, an act of revolution.Invested in projects of cultural preservation and reflections of uprooted histories,
Her latest project, “Sounds from an Armenian Childhood” produced for BBC Radio 3 is available here to listen to.
— Dance artist
Théïa is a dance artist who enjoys improvisation and multidisciplinary collaborations. She is interested in working with a sensitivity to the imagination, feelings and impulses, and playing with her relationships to these and her surroundings; Practices that allow her to keep learning, meeting people/places/ideas and changing.
A LIFT Concept Touring commission. Supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Produced by Associazione Culturale VAN, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Centrale Fies Art Work Space. Co-produced by Be My Guest – Network for Emerging Practices.
Supported by AtelierSì Bologna, ICA Yerevan, Movin’Up – sostegno alla mobilità degli artisti italiani nel mondo, Spazio Fattoria Milano, DiD Studio Milano.
Writing Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin
Filming F. De Isabella, Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin
Sound and video composition F. De Isabella
Video dramaturgy F. De Isabella, Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin
Light environment Giulia Pastore
Questions Kamee Abrahamian, Ilenia Caleo, Taguhi Torosyan
Voices Mistura Allison, Chloe Filani, Assia Ghendir, Theia Maldoom, Olivia Melkonian, Claudia Palazzo
Residency facilitation Jamila Johnson – Small
Publication design Flo Low
The video includes images of Ghost Theatre by Vahram Galstyan and Repentance.Variation on themes by Pinturicchio and Raphael (dedicated to Vasily Katanyan) by Sergei Parajanov.
Thank you Studio Azzurro, Luca Chiaudano, Yuri D., Valentina Stucchi
Lillian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells
One of the world’s leading dance organisations and a home for the arts for more than three centuries.