Benji Boyadgian

The Puppeteer, 2016

  1. The Roundabout,multimedia installation, duration: infinite

2. Stalemate, oil on canvas

 

Al Ma'mal (The Tile Factory)

Stalemate by Benji Boyadgian, oil on canvas, 2016

The Puppeteer is an allegory on duration, a play between the moment and expanded time. It’s a reflection on the repetition, projection and permutation of patterns. The installation juxtaposes two optical pieces at two ends of a space: The Roundabout and Stalemate. The frequencies of The Puppeteer reference those used in contemporary psychotherapies in the treatment of stress and mental tension. Together the works of Boyadigan unsettle the monolithic or traumatic historic event, and question its grasp on future times.

Benji Boyadgian (b. 1983, Jerusalem) studied architecture at ENSAPLV School of Architecture (L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris, La Villette), specializing in urban sociology in post-conflict areas. His solo shows are The Discord, Al Ma’mal, Jerusalem (2017); Traces, Art Rooms, Kyrenia (2016); A journey into Abstrabesque, Al Ma’mal, Jerusalem (2013); and Vanishing Landscapes, Al Kahf Gallery, Bethlehem (2010). Boyadgian has also exhibited in The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures and The Jerusalem Show VIII: Before and After Origins, under Qalandiya International (2014 and 2016); Spinning On An Axis, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna (2014); Line, Art Rooms, Kyrenia (2015); Stepping Over the Borders, European Mediterranean Art Association (EMMA), Nicosia (2015); Shared Religious Places, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilization (MuCEM), Marseille (2015); Skånes på Linero: De lovade oss en skola, de lovade en simhall, Skanes Konstförening, Lund (2016); Lines of Passage (in medias res), The Municipal Art Gallery of Mytilene, Lesbos (2016); Aqua, Château de Penthes, Geneva (2017).

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