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.
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
Translation Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin, Taguhi Torosyan, Matilde Vigna
Notes on translation Clark Pignedoli
Publication design Flo Low
Production Giulia Messia
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