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Who is Archi Galentz

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Archi (Harutiun) Galentz was born in Moscow in 1971 in a family with a long artistic history. In 1988 he got his A-level in Moscow and in 1989 entered the State University of Arts and Theater in Yerevan, Armenia. In 1992 he was invited as a guest student to Berlin University of Arts (UdK Berlin) and studied free art till 1997 obtaining a Master degree. He lives and works in Berlin, Moscow and Yerevan.

A recurrent theme that is central to his artistic work is the question of Armenian identity, especially in relation to political factors such as the demise of the Soviet Union and the resurgence of Armenian awareness.

Starting from 1989, Archi Galentz exposed works in more than 70 international exhibitions. Since 2000 he has been curating. Since 2003 he has been writing for mass media and since 2006 he has been teaching. He his a founding member of the “underconstruction” group (a communication platform for Armenian artists. 2004 and a member of Art & Cultural Studies Laboratory (ACSL. 2010). Since 2008 he has been running an exhibition space in Berlin-Wedding (