“Silvina Der-Merguerditchian weaves a net of communication, builds a bridge between the estranged and starts a conversation with the unknown. […]
Her installations allude to traditional handicraft while reflecting the heartbreaking stories the artist was told by her [Armenian] grandmother. […] The patient perforation of white paper with Turkish words from the artist’s childhood memories and the shiny shadows these papers reflect on the walls count among her most poetic works.”
Born 1967 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, lives and works in Berlin
The artist is the granddaughter of Armenian immigrants to Argentina and was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. She grew up in Argentina and since 1988 lives in Berlin.
Her artistic work deal with issues related to the burden of national identity, memory, the role of minorities in the society and the potential of a space “in between”.
Her work has a very heterogeneous language (installation, video, sound installation, audiowalk, rugs, bi-dimensional image, etc.)
She is initiator of the platform for Armenian artists and curator of “UnderConstruction” www.underconstructionhome.net, the first “off” Armenian Diaspora representation at the 52.Venice Biennial, curator of the exhibition “Voulu/obligé, Outskirts of a small contradiction” part of the official Programme in the 53rd Venice Biennal and since 2010 artistic director of www.houshamadyan.org, a project to reconstruct Ottoman Armenian town and village life.