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Exchange of Painters Project: From the Art of Parajanov to Street Art
Armenia | Anadolu Kültür, Public Journalism Club
On September 6th, the group of participants of the “Exchange of Painters” project visited the Parajanov Museum, where Zaven Sargsyan, the museum director and an old friend of Parajanov, held a master class for the group focusing on the life and work of the renowned artist. Several of the project participants assessed this visit as one of the most memorable highlights of their week-long program.

Later during the day  the young painters and  Art Lab studio artists came together to paint an arch  wall in Nalbandyan street based on a pre-developed sketch.


Young painters had been tasked to propose ideas on a topic “Dialogue in the Language of Art”. On September 3rd they discussed their ideas together with Art Lab artists to select the concept acceptable for both groups and prepare the sketch.    The final product were  two sketches that used analogies of traffic signs to symbolize the idea of overcoming closed borders and moving toward each other.


Culture is one of the possible tracks for promoting dialogue between the societies of Armenia and Turkey. More specifically, artistic activity can help an effective interchange since it does not need translation and mediation, and it transmits messages and creates bonds using the universal language of art. With this in mind the Public Journalism Club, in partnership with Anadolu Kültür, has launched the “Exchange of Painters” project focusing on the role of art in promoting Armenia-Turkey relations.

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