I am sick, but I am alive, Exhibition Overview 2016

Haig Aivazian (b. 1980, Beirut, Lebanon) is an artist, curator and writer. Using performance, video, drawing, installation and sculpture, his work weaves together personal and geo-political, micro and macro narratives in its search for ideological loopholes and short circuits. Aivazian holds an MFA from Northwestern University and is a Skowhegan alumni (2011). His work has been exhibited in France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Turkey, Lebanon, the U.A.E, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S.A. Refugee Olympics, part of the FUGERE project, was commissioned for Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009) Other parts of FUGERE were exhibited in a solo show in Sfeir-Semler gallery’s Hamburg space (2013). Collapsing Foundations, an installation and video performance work, was showcased in a solo exhibition at Parisian Laundry’s bunker space, Montréal (2012). Aivazian’s video works have been included in several exhibitions and festivals including at the 14th Istanbul Biennial 2015, curated by Carolyn Christov-Barkagiev, The 56th Venice Biennial 2015, The Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2015), The Moving Museum (2014), videobrasil’s Southern Panoramas (2013), FIDMarseille (2012), and Mercer Union, Toronto (2011). Among his curated exhibitions are: Roads Were Open/Roads Were Closed at The Third Line, Dubai (2008); and Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 10 (2011), of which he was Associate Curator. Aivazian has written for a number of publications including Afterall Journal, Manifesta Journal, FUSE, Adbusters, Ibraaz, Bidoun, AMCA (Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey), The Arab Studies Journal as well as several exhibition catalogues. He is currently based in Beirut.


 Selected Solo Exhibitions

114 SUNSETS PER 24 HOURS, Kadist, Paris

I am sick but I am alive, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

FUGERE, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Collapsing Foundations, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada


Selected Group Exhibitions


Marrakech Biennale 6, Marrakech, Morocco
Montreal Festival, Montreal Festival

Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Venice Biennial, Armenia Pavillon, Venice, Italy
Lest The Two Seas Meet, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

The Moving Museum,Shisane Park, Istanbul, Turkey
Shangri La: Imagines Cities, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
Didin't Start The Fire, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, USA

18th International Contemporary Art Festival, Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil
Regional vis-á-vis Global Discourses: Contemporary Art from the Middle-East , SOAS University of London, London, UK
1-1=1. Alwan Film Festival 2013 , New York, USA

Those Who Believe in Telekinetics Raise My Hand, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Canada
Come Invest in Us and You Will Strike Gold, Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
Les Fils du Pouvoir, FIDMarseille, Écrans Parallèles, Marseille, France

Cities and Things that Matter, Lombard Freid Projects, New York, USA
Changing Stakes, Contemporary Dialogues with Dubai, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada
Thesis Exhibition, Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Evanston, Illinois, USA
The Unimaginable Things We Built, Commissioned public billboard, The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Provisions for the Future, Sharjah Biennial 9, Sharjah Fine Arts Museum, Sharjah, UAE

Flashback/Forward: A Visual Timeline of Art Practices in the Middle-East, Site-specific public installation, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE

Anniversaire/Hi 5, La Centrale Powerhouse Gallery in association with The Bookmobile/Mobilivre, Montreal, Canada
Roundup, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal, Canada

St-Etienne International Design Biennial, St-Etienne, France
SIDIM (Salon International de Design a Montréal), Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Canada
Si-Fi as Social Commentary: La Petite Enveloppe Urbaine #11, Skol, Montreal, Canada and SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA. Winning Project of the Annual CCA Charette, organised by the Canadian Center for Architecture. Project exhibited in Université de Montréal, Urban Planning Pavilion.

GREEN, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Intérieurs Montréalais: La Petite Enveloppe Urbaine # 9, Bibliothèque Nationale, Montreal, Canada