Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin

Գիշեր | gisher
25.11 - 26.11
  • Fri 25.11
    20:30 - 21:30
    CAMPO Victoria (Fratersplein 7, 9000 Gent)
    Past event
  • Sat 26.11
    20:30 - 21:30
    CAMPO Victoria (Fratersplein 7, 9000 Gent)
    Past event

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Een videoperformance over ergens bijhoren

Making it's Belgian premiere, ‘Գիշեր | gisher’, is a poetic, live-art work engaging questions of space and place, land and geography, identity and belonging and, perhaps most of all, burning. Part video installation, part fire-side storytelling, Italian Armenian artist Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin's ‘Գիշեր | gisher’ weaves the oral storytelling tradition(s) of the SWANA (South West Asia and North Africa) region through the mediums of video, poetry, performance and print publication. Forming a meditative mosaic of autobiography and world geopolitical histories. The violences we experience as individuals and how they catch fire  through the collective. 

‘Գիշեր | gisher’’s first performance in July 2020 coincided with the re-emergence of the conflict between Armenia and Turkey/Azerbaijan.

Nardin, with Armenian roots, often writes about this. The text below was published on their site:

“Impostor syndrome is ancestral heritage is intergenerational trauma.

Yesterday I had so much fire that I had to lie on the grass facing down with my palms on the ground. I wanted to stop feeling my body burning so much.

Have I become my coping mechanisms?

I self sabotage by having a lot of opinions on the love I receive. But I can never just receive love, who the fuck does that? I am so tired. I am so tired.

(I don’t know who I am without my tiredness.)

I wish I could write before my own criticism before this internalized hegemonic sense of worth.

Before the feeling that I haven’t thought of everything, haven’t considered all the possible potentially catastrophic things and wordings that could destroy everything. Me.

Because it’s so confusing. Yes.

I was born on a Monday.”


writing: Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin - filming: F. De Isabella, Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin - sound and video - composition: F. De Isabella  - video dramaturgy: F. De Isabella, Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin - light environment: Giulia Pastore - light realization: Elena Vastano - questions: Kamee Abrahamian, Ilenia Caleo, Taguhi Torosyan - voices: Kamee Abrahamian, Isabella Arboleda, Arshia Azmat, Enrica Camporesi, Keren Kraizer, Hannah Zaouad - publication design: Flo Low - production: Giulia Messia - The video includes images of Ghost Theatre by Vahram Galstyan and Repentance. Variation on themes by Pinturicchio and Raphael (dedicated to Vasily Katanyan) by Sergei Parajanov - thank you Studio Azzurro, Luca Chiaudano, Yuri D., Valentina Stucchi - produced by Associazione Culturale VAN, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Viernulvier, Centrale Fies Art Work Space - supported by AtelierSì Bologna, ICA Yerevan, Movin’Up – sostegno alla mobilità degli artisti italiani nel mondo, Spazio Fattoria Milano, DiD Studio Milano & LIFT Concept Touring