Diana Hakobyan
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, 1974. Lives and works in Yerevan. From 1989 until 1993, she attended the College of Fine Arts in Yerevan. In 1996, she graduated from Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, focusing on visual arts. Her major solo exhibition, “The Presence of the Other”, was displayed at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art in Yerevan. The exhibition represented the struggles of the “others”, people who felt as though they were on the outside, specifically women. Her work attempted to unify all people present. Hakobyan works with canvas and readymade sculpture. Her paintings are dynamic, full of motion and energy. As a video artist, she translates the same motion onto the canvas. She holds a unique talent to capture the energetic and vibrant movements in a still image. She has shown internationally at Adieu Parajanov: “Contemporary Art from Armenia”, Kunsthalle Project space, Vienna, Austria (2003); “Armenie mon amie”, Modern Art Museum, Lyon, France (2007); “Transitland”. Video art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009, InterSpace Association, Sofia, Budapest, Berlin (2009); “Temporary Status”, Roda Sten, Gothenburg, Sweden (2012); “Contemporary Art of Armenia: Selected works”, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow, Russia (2013); RE: Museum, Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia (2014); “Come Closer”, Manoir, Switzerland (2015); “Extensions AM”, Triumph gallery, Moscow, Russia (2018). Diana Hakobyan was among artists representing Armenia at 49 and 51 Venice Biennial. She had two solo exhibitions in Yerevan – in 2004 at ACCEA and 2013 at Dalan Art Gallery. In 2004 she has got award for the best video art at the Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia. dianahakobyan.com