By Shantal Partamian
So what is this book about?
Arpi Adamyan: First of all the book presents, interprets, and queers (on multiple levels) the activities of the Queering Yerevan Collective during the first four years of its existence. On a basic level, it consists of two parts: the first part documents most of the events and happenings that we have carried out between 2007 and 2011, including new art work and critical texts, in a reverse chronology. The second part includes an email correspondence and discontinuous threads of e-discussions from a closed listserv, which have been selected and arranged in a slightly varied chronological order. So it starts in the present and moves back in time to the early period of the collective’s formation (that’s in the middle of the book) from which point begin the letters, moving the reader forward to the present. You can think of Queered as a catalogue of works, an artist’s book/object, a thick artzine or a history of a contemporary art movement that has situated itself in Yerevan. The book includes the works of over thirty women who use different media including video, photography, painting, graphics, installation, performance art, text and so on.
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