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Cultural Revolution in Shushi

30.07.2012  |  18:48

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In the city of Shushi, the Second International Symposium on Sculpture "Hagop Gyurjyan", which is attended by 19 artists from Italy, Belarus, Belgium, Japan, Armenia and Karabakh is coming to an end. It started on July 13 and lasted 17 days.


First International Symposium of Sculptors also was held in Shushi last year. It was timed to the 130th anniversary of the famous Armenian sculptor Hakob Gyurjyan, a native of the city of Shushi. According to its results 15 sculptures were given to the city.

The organizers of this symposium are the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Youth Affairs of Nagorno-Karabakh and the mayor of the city of Shushi. Vigen Avedis, president of the symposium and the author of the idea, told us about this event.

"I would like to mention one important thing: in addition to sculptures, which get birth here, we are strengthening international relations between Karabakh and Italy. We have already agreed with Mayor of the city of Lucca (one of the oldest cities in Italy, Tuscany - Ed.) that Shushi and Lucca would become sister cities. They are very similar in appearance - both cities have a fortress. And Lucca has extensive experience in the restoration and this can be very useful for Shushi in the future.

We have prepared this symposium more seriously than in the past. Masters from Japan, Belgium and, of course, Italy have arrived here. Not only sculptors have arrived from Italy, but also the professors of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Other participants of the symposium will conduct master classes for local young artists and students, and all of this is part of the symposium.

All finished work will be left in Shushi, and I would like them to be in one place - for example, in the park. Because they were all born together, and they must also be put together. It will be a museum of sculpture, a kind of an open air museum. We must discuss it with the Mayor of Shushi, choose a location.

We will shoot a filmabout the current and last year's symposium in three languages ​​- Armenian, Russian and English. The film will be shown in all the academies of art in Italy; and a presentation of a catalog will be organized in several major cities - Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice and others. In Armenia and Artsakh, the presentation will be held in the fall. We will also release a special catalog.

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Of course, the symposium will have continuation. We have met with the Nagorno-Karabakh President Sahakyan, and he gave consent for a third symposium. I think, God willing, we will be able to carry out such symposia at least 10 consecutive years".

Luke Calo, an Italian sculptor

"Our cities are very similar. My city at one time was in the same situation as Shushi, and we had a problem to keep the heritage and culture. Shushi needs the development of culture. But at the same time we must go further, because the world is changing, and we must comply with these changes.

Last year I attended the first symposium and am very happy that I was invited this year and that I can make something beautiful and make a wonderful gift to the city of Shushi".

Ara Badalyan, representative of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels

"I arrived here at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of Nagorno-Karabakh, which I accepted with pleasure, because I have long wanted to do something for Shushi. I consider it my duty, and finally I got the chance. Before coming, I made ​​30 different projects for this symposium, but, having arrived here, I decided to make a work related to Shushi. And it was not an easy task, because the stone does not like mistakes. I started work, and the sculpture made it itself; and it was a surprise for myself. The sculpture symbolizes Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh: one column in the middle is connecting Karabakh with Armenia".

Robert Askarian, a member of the Union of Artists of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh

"The organizers have thought of everything and created all the conditions for fruitful work. My work is called "Mother of Karabakh". We all are creative people, each is working in his style, everyone does what he wants, what he cares of. We have a lot of sculptors from different countries. We have normal relations; the work brings all of us together. It turned out that we got acquainted with each other through our work: we came to each other and asked about the plans. Some of them even had no idea that there were sculptors in Karabakh.

Each sculptor has left his mark. Maybe the grandchildren of these sculptors in 20-30 years will be here and they will see what we have done".

Albert Voskanyan

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