Spike Island

Armenian Pavilion wins Golden Lion at Venice Biennale

The Armenian pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale has won the Golden Lion for best national pavilion. We wish to congratulate Spike Island studio holder Aikaterini Gegisian, who presents her work as part of the exhibition, Armenity, alongside seventeen fellow diaspora Armenian artists and grandchildren of survivors of the Armenian genocide.

The Golden Lion jury praised the Armenian pavilion for ‘forming a pavilion based on a people in diaspora, each artist engaging their specific locality as well as their heritage’.  

Spike Island based artist, Aikaterini Gegisian, presents 65 collages under the title A Small Guide to the Invisible Seas (2015), made from found images and tourist paraphernalia exploring romanticised visions of life in Soviet Armenia, Turkey and Greece during the 1970s and 1980s.

Aikaterini said 'It is an incredible experience to participate in a national pavilion formed of contemporary artists of the Armenian Diaspora. We have created a quiet and atmospheric pavilion in the monastery of San Lazzaro that we knew was strong. On a personal level I did not expect that we would win the Golden Lion for best national participation. Receiving the award is an exhilarating, emotional and life changing moment.'

The exhibition continues until 18 October 2015.