Interactive and kinetic installation “100 Revolving flowers”
The work consists of 200 pieces of light weighting lids from square plastic containers drawn by children and teenagers. Crossed with each other, these 200 pieces were transformed into 100 quadrilateral flower-looking cross-type objects. Conceptually, these 100 flowers have carried on them the dreams, positions, desires and vision about the world imagined and drawn by Armenian children. Each flower connects back to a bite of memory and imagery of a child by offering transparent four sides of an object to communicate and share these desires and thoughts.
100 flower-objects have been presented outside, next to the harbour so the wind of Çhannakale would make the flowers turn and revolve. During the opening the public was asked to choose a “flower” and to walk to the main venue of the Biennale exhibition and to install them there.
The second project screened five animations done by children from 8 to 11 years old. The main concept was how they see and envision the conversation with the little human (they named it like that) inside them. It has been an amazing process to discover how each child has undergone through phases of exploring and determining his or her self and how it triggered creativity and imagination into them.
Art for my neighbour
In frame of a collaboration between Armeina and Turkey in 2014-2015. Armine Hovhannisyan and Erdinç Alnıak, an art-teacher from Çannakale, also involved in the Children Biennale, established a project together called “Art for my neighbour” (supported by Hrant Dink Foundation Travel Grants). The concept of the project was based on how to work with the idea of neighbour and to perform it by neighbours ourselves by leading workshops in Yerevan for Armenian and in Çannakale for Turkish children. During the workshop they did a collaborative work between Armenian and Turkish children – Armine Armenian students asked to draw the half of a paper, and sent it to Erdinç, who asked his Turkish students to draw the second half. The results were impressive and very touching, because they felt each other so much without seeing and meeting with each other.
I have finger in the pie
This project also was a part of a Çanakkale International Children Biennial. The main concept was: “We are different and we love our differences. We believe that we may be friends despite all boundaries. We know that we can end wars and bring peace every corner of the World together. We have fingers in this pie, too”. Children asked to draw chosen character on finger and decorate it with every colour, materials and objects. As a result on wall at the biennial exhibition hall was covered by photos of different kind of fingers.