Marina Hakobian

Marina Hakobian is an art historian, critic and exhibition curator, living in Yerevan. In 2004 she graduated from the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts. Since 2004 – 2010 worked at the National Gallery of Armenia as an elder scientific researcher and curator. Since 2010 she is the Head of the Graphic Art Department. Since 2009-2013 she lectured Armenian and Russian art history and culture at the Art Education faculty of the Yerevan State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan. Since 2016 lectured History of Design and Graphic Design, Western Armenia and Diaspora Art Evolution at the Art History and Theory, Art Computer Graphics and Design faculties of the State Academy of Fine Arts of Armenia. M. Hakobian organizes author's lectures about engraving art at the National Gallery of Armenia. Periodically participates at the conferences at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia. Since 2018 she is a Scientific Secretary at the National Gallery of Armenia. M. Hakobian has been the curator of а number of exhibitions in Armenia and abroad. Among them: ''Grigor Aghasian. Retrospective'' (National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, 2006), ''Grigor Aghasian: Dedicated to the 85th Birth Anniversary'' (Albert and Tove Boyajian Gallery, Yerevan, 2011), ''Book Art'' (National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, 2014), ''Old and New Yerevan'' - in the framework of the Erebuni-Erevan project (Artists Union, Yerevan, 2014), ''Grigor Aghasian. We will live'' - in the framework of events dedicated to 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide (National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, 2015), ''Yeghishe Tadevossian. Retrospecitve: From the NGA and Vahagn Grigorian's collections'' (National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, 2016),''Grigor Aghasian. Graphics Art'' (Albert and Tove Boyajian Gallery, Yerevan, 2016), ''Bridge of Friendship. Boris Klementev''(National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, 2016), ''Abrahamayans'' (National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, 2016), ''Miro Persolja: Rifrazioni Dell'Oltre'' (National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, 2016) etc.

In 2017 M. Hakobian also curated ''Armenian Impressionism. From Moscow to Paris'' (Museum of Russian Impressionism) and ''Ara Harutyunian. Sun in the Stone''- in the framework of Armenian Culture Days in Russia (State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia) exhibitions in Moscow. In the same year she organised an international conference ''Borders of Marine Art: Dedicated to Ivan Aivazovsky's 200th Birth Anniversary'' (National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, 2017).

M. Hakobian is an author and compiler of a number of albums, catalogs and articles: ''Yeghishe Tadevossian'', Yerevan (2006), ''Edgar Degas. Lettres'', Yerevan (2009), ''Armenian Impressionism: From Moscow to Paris'', Moscow (2017), ''Borders of Marine Art: International Scientific Conference'', Yerevan (2017) etc.

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Mazdak Faiznia

  Mazdak Faiznia was born on May 5, 1982 in Kermanshah, a Kurdish city in the west of Iran. He graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Brera Academy/Milan/Italy), where he studied Visual Cultures and Curatorship-Communication and Organization for contemporary art. He is a PhD candidate in Economy and Cultural Management at The University of Rome Tor Vergata, dissertation title: “Nomad Contemporary Heritage”. Since 2014, he has been the artistic director of the Faiznia Family Foundation (fff). Some of the projects carried out by the Faiznia Family Foundation are: the Iran’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015, with the co-curator Mazdak Faiznia and Marco Meneguzzo, the Pavilion of the Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art at the Venice Biennial of Architecture 2016, collaboration with the Iran’s Pavilion at the Triennale Design-Milan 2016, the Scientific Committee for the exhibition “Poetics-artists’ books from the 20th century” at the Napelonica hall and the Museo della Permanente- Milan 2017.  

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