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Landscapes Following the exhibition «Landscape of symbols. Landscape of built environment. Landscape of dreams» organised in Zurich in 2007, as well as numerous events that took place within the framework of that project, the notions of space, place, territories, landscapes and identity have stirred up great interest among Armenian and international artists.

Their creations have brought to light images evoked or generated by those notions. Thus the idea of the Delta Culture association was born: to create new liaisons in order to enrich artistic representation and encourage exchanges between the European Union and Armenia, a field of action which will further expand into a development of cultural regional and international collaborations.

The Association attaches priority to cultural dialogue, to development and strengthening of artistic exchanges, as well as to mutual visits by artists as an essential factor of cohesion and understanding between people.

The interrelationship between the national conscience, the economic situation and social realities becomes more and more important in Armenia. The young generation of artists, carried by the context of growing globalisation, begin to question certain myths on which the Armenian identity is based, and the principal questioning reflected in their work is that of identity and place.

Conscience of belonging to a territory is inscribed in diverse and broader geographic ensembles: Armenia after the independence, the economic liberalisation, the South Caucasus, but also lasting cultural or Diaspora attachments to Europe.

Art as a meeting point, leading to the coexistence and the confrontation of artists in a way that the alterity refines identity, resides in it not incidentally but as its unavoidable condition.

Between praise, at times naive, of global or universal and its harsh criticism, the idea of identity, territory, place and landscape results in the questioning of the very notion of universality. What is it that justifies or establishes that assertion of the universal? That presumed superiority of global over local?

The artists have not crystallised or frozen in-between two poles, but have rather incessantly learnt from that alterity, letting the diversity blossom inside them. Hence the importance of organising artistic residences on the Armenian soil and encouraging such multinational exhibitions, which would prompt the generation of new tendencies, the breaching of limits, the welcoming of the other.

Alain Navarra-Navassartian
Association Delta Culture