Relations between the people of the Caucasus and their neighbors in Iran and Turkey have an ancient history. The region is one of the oldest cradles of civilization, crowned by magnificent achievements but also marred by tragedy and violence.
What cannot be escaped is the fact that the diverse, industrious and creative people of this region must live and thrive next to each other."Art Without Borders" a joint exhibition of contemporary art from Armenia, Georgia, Iran and Turkey is based on the belief that cultural exchange can blunt the sharp edges of a shared history and help to avoid conflict by celebrating the insights each nation brings to its understanding of human condition.
The organizers and contributors to this exhibition recognize that close interaction between people is a real substitute for violence and revenge and that in our world, where too often we choose the wrong path, it is possible to take steps that changehostility to peace.
Organizers are saddened by the fact that in spite of more than three years of hard work and resorting to great variety of means, they failed to secure neighboring Azerbaijan's participation. It is hoped that following initiatives will be more successful.
The community of nations should be based on the proposition that problems and conflicts can be resolved and prevented through discourse, human interaction and mutual understanding. This project is a step, as small as it may be, towards the quest for peaceful coexistence and building our "Global Village".
Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art
August, 2006, Yerevan, Armenia
Sona Abgarian, Irina Abjandadze, Shirin Aliabadi, Halil Altindere, Sonia Balassanian, Shahab Fotouhi , Sharis Garabedian D'Ambrosi, Hatice Guleryuz, Khosrov Hassanzadeh, Berat Isik, Gulsun Karamustafa, David Kareyan, Grigor Khachatrian, Tigran Khachatrian, Farhad Moshiri, Nicky Nodjoumi, Ahmet Ogut, Sener Ozmen, Koka Ramishvili, Neda Razavipour, Nino Sekhniashvili, Solmaz Shahbazi, Sopho Tabatadze, Hale Tenger, Nadia Tsulukidze