QUEERED: WHAT’S TO BE DONE
WITH XCENTRIC ART
a new book from Queering Yerevan
Readings: Shushan Avagyan & Nancy Agabian
Video: Arpi Adamyan
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7 PM
Word Up: Community Bookstore
4157 Broadway (at 176th Street)
Washington Heights, NYC
I n Q b a t o r is pleased to introduce the reading presentation of QUEERED: WHAT’S TO BE DONE WITH XCENTRIC ART, a recently published book by Queering Yerevan, a collective of queer women artists and writers from Armenia and the Armenian diaspora. Conceived as an art object and funded by Kickstarter, Queered documents the group’s formation and transitions over the five years it has been in existence; it also functions as a catalogue of the group’s yearly exhibitions, the first of their kind for breaching the silence surrounding queer presences in Armenia.
About the authors:
Shushan Avagyan is a literary translator working on her PhD in comparative literature at Illinois State University. She is the translator from Russian of Energy of Delusion and Bowstring by Viktor Shklovsky (Dalkey Archive), and from Armenian—I Want to Live: Poems of Shushanik Kurghinian (AIWA). She shares her time between the U.S. and Armenia.
Nancy Agabian is the author of Princess Freak, a collection of poems and performance texts on sexuality and rage, and Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter, a memoir on the influence of her family’s history with genocide on her coming-of-age. The latter was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a Saroyan International prize. In 2010 she led a QY workshop, “Physical Translating”, on writing about the intricacies of mind and body; she will perform the piece that the workshop inspired, included in Queered.
Arpi Adamyan is a multi-media graphic, photomontage, and video artist living in Yerevan, Armenia. Her work has been shown at numerous exhibitions, among them, at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (2010), the 9th Gyumri International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2008), and the 6th Biennial E V + A: Exhibition of Visual Art in Limerick, Ireland (2006). She is one of the editors and designers of Queered.
inQbator is a monthly reading, spoken word, and performance art program series focusing on LGBT literature and culture. Created by artist, director of CINEMAROSA, Hector Canonge, inQbator supports Queer writers and artists by featuring their work and publications. The program is hosted at Word Up: Community Bookshop in Washington Heights, northern Manhattan.
More information: www.cinemarosa.org/inqbator