On November 15 at the Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA) took place an exhibition titled "I speak to you, you don't listen". This aimed to bring street art from street to a "museum" and also it had an attempt to make read and make listen to images, voices, which are not visible, are oblivious hidden because of some privileged agendas.
The author of the exhibition is one of the members of our initiative Arpi Balyan, who cooperated with a young artist Haniel Cass while making graffiti sketches and templates.
During her work Arpi mentioned that those graffities "have emerged on the walls of busy streets in faraway cities; they’ve emerged on such buildings which are both a reason of squeezing those sounds and an obstacle for those images’ visibility. Anyway, those images and voices have found a place in “museum” to be represented, to speak, to be spread (as fast as gossips), to show the danger from being disguised and to propose their own agenda".
We read in the concept of the exhibition:
"The increasing militarization which gives privilege to masculinity for the sake of its own survival, silences such voices and images, humiliates the feminine or ignores the necessity or the right of its existence. For keeping its own privileged position militarization with the help of patriarchy creates a bunch of tools giving “natural” templates to women; stereotypes like “a good citizen”, “a hero’s mother”, “a pure daughter” and “a self-sacrificing sister” that are reproduced and approved through cis-men’s toasts, by any type of media, through our conversations and relationships. Apart from these, other identities are not “legal” because they can question the patriarchal system and be a threat for the continuity of militarization".
During the exhibition you could hear the author's feminist and anti-militarist text via audio records. And in another corner of the exhibition you could watch a one minute film about "nameless" women statues which stands in the streets of some Armenian cities.
The whole exhibition and the implementation of the idea won’t be happen if the author didn’t get the mini-grant, which was declared by Women resource Centre (WRCA). And it is also important to mention that the tolerant attitude of AACEA to such kind of agenda made it possible for the graffities to demonstrate its simplicity and freedom as it was on the streets.