“Being in the (k)not”

Recently the opening of lucine talalyan’s “Being in the (k)not” exhibition took place at the Nikoghosyan Art Center

The visual artworks delve into the Soviet legacy and explore the collapsed memories of the complex past. The "Being in the (k)not" exhibition was organised as part of CSN Lab's "tegh-tegh" mobility project, which aims to decentralise art, culture, and research in Armenia. This initiative supports local artists, cultural practitioners, and researchers in implementing their projects across different regions of the country.

In a framework of the “tegh-tegh” mobility programme lucine resided in the Tavush province and explored the abandoned carpet factory in Ijevan. Constructed during the Soviet Union, the only remnants of the once-vibrant environment are now confined to a rusted factory building, weathered dazgahs (benches/machines used for making carpets), assorted sketches, a few carpet samples, worn-out threads, and faded notes on carpet dyeing. To enliven the movement of these fragmentary particles, writings, and manuscripts, lucine engages in dialogues with her mother and grandmother who used to embroider, as well as other women who made countless knots and braids back in time. By echoing the flow of manuscripts, the artist weaves a connection with the past and its people, vividly portraying both the text and its complex approaches. lucine has created visually distinctive artworks inspired by conversations with former employees of the factory, drawing from their memories and stories. These pieces delve into the memory of the past and its lingering, often complicated and elusive presence in the present.

“tegh-tegh” is supported by the Danish Cultural Institute (DCI) in the framework of the “New Democracy Fund” (NDF) project.