Karen Demirchyan’s museum


The political art exhibition of “Bare Life” took place in Armenia in 2012, aft er the Parliamentary elections. It was an attempt to refl ect over the post election apathy in the society. Aft er another serial unfair elections the feeling of despair and hopelessness is increasing among public. We observe an increase in the number of suicides and murders, the numbers of migration are going high. The exhibition works (videos) present locations where in the recent past series of political and criminal murders and suicides happened. Statistic data of suicides were also presented which clearly highlights increase in suicides. The exhibition took place in the museum of one of the victims of murder, Mr Karen Demirchyan, Parliamentary Speaker, murdered in Parliament during the session in 1999. “Bare Life” is one of the main concepts of Giorgio Agamben’s political philosophy and he directly connects that with the idea of biopolitics and state of exemption. In the exhibition four slide-videos are presented: “Aragast café”, “The building of Parliament”, “Th e venue of March 1 events” and “Tetsi Krug”. Th e exhibition is a one single installation where the text and visual data are opposed against the calm city landshaft s. Contrary to those calm images the text presents the timeline of political and criminal bloody occurrences which took place in those areas. Artlab is looking at political, social, psychological emergency situations where the Bare Life is born and dies.