Centrala presents Heterotopias in the turbulent zone, an exhibition about the role of art as a tool for social justice in a world of uncertainty, conflict and turbulence.
Drawing ideas from contemporary realities where the world is characterised by the clash of economic, political, intellectual and religious systems, this exhibition will present newly commissioned and existing work from Art Lab Yerevan, an art activist collective promoting socially engaged art. They consider turbulence not only as an expression of chaos but also as an opportunity for new self-organisation.
The collective’s activities are unfolding beyond their studios and exhibition spaces, taking place in urban areas, creating heterotopias, and new discursive worlds, where art acts as a means of resistance. Aiming to find a positive vision of the future, they involve diverse audiences in their activist artistic practices in order to create a vast network and a solidary platform using art as a tool to achieve political change.
Departing from the collective’s work this exhibition touches upon how collaborative artistic practices and solidarity can create change, highlighting the importance of the educational side of art, the role of the artist within social and political conflicts and the ways art acts as a powerful tool of protesting.
This project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Art Lab Yerevan is an art activist group that addresses current socio-political, cultural and social issues through the means of art.
Members of the collective: Hovhannes Margaryan, Syuzanna Hakobyan, Ara Petrosyan, Artur Petrosyan, Vardan Jaloyan, Olga Azatyan and Gagik Charchyan.
Exhibition Opening – 7 April, 6 pm – 8 pm.
The exhibition will be open until the 27 of May 2023
Wednesday to Saturday from 12.00 until 18.00.
Read more about Artlabyerevan – https://www.artlabyerevan.org/en/
photos by Irina Mackie