You are not a fish after all is a performance by Mihran Tomasyan and the name of a performance-evening that I organized and curated together with Sheri Avraham in February 2016. We were asking ourselves: What artistic strategies exist to remember a genocide?
The center of this evening was the Armenian genocide, which had its 100th anniversary in 2015. Until today not all statesrecognize this genocide and an official remembrance is politically loaded and risky. Three artists presented their artistic strategies and contextualized them in an ensuing discussion moderated by Ezgi Erol. Pianist Ani Saribekyan gave an inside in her scientific and artistic engagement with the composer Komitas, who was effected by the genocide himself. Afterwards the video work “Article 301” by Songül Sönmez and Club HAVERA was screened. At the end dancer Mihran Tomasyan presented a performance, devoted to all of those, who got murdered for their public opinion. Starting with the Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who got shot in 2007 in the middle of the streets of Istanbul.
The evening was suported by Brunnenpassage, ÖH, MA7, Bezirksförderung Ottakring, BKA Kunst/Kultur, kültür gemma! and the Austrian-Armenian Culture Society.
Photography: Osman Yildirim