Working between Australia and Armenia, Vigen Galstyan is an art historian and curator specializing in photography, film and Armenian art of the modern era. He is the director of Lusadaran Armenian Photography Foundation, an organization Galstyan co-founded in 2011 with the aim of collecting and researching photo-media art from Armenia and beyond. Vigen holds an MA in Art Curatorship and has recently completed his PhD on nineteenth-century Armenian historiographic photography at the University of Sydney.
Curator and art historian Vigen Galstyan pays tribute to one of Armenia’s most accomplished artists, photographer Herman Avakian, who passed away suddenly on Sunday. With his uncompromising devotion to the truth and artistry, Avakian helped shape the fabric of Armenian society.
In the context of autocratic, oligarchic or committedly neo-liberal regimes which continually propagate a coercive and incarcerating model of urban planning, the multiplication of such spaces as the 2800th Anniversary Park of Yerevan is organic, writes Vigen Galstyan.