“Lighting Jerevan” by Franz Cerami focused on relational architectures and, by means of light and digital painting, illuminated different places in the city, from the suburbs to the Opera House. The project was developed in two stages, during a 15-day residency. In the first phase, the artist worked in collaboration with the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia for a video-concert in the Opera House. The second phase explored suburbs, regenerating abandoned spaces and transforming architectures into light and painting. “Lighting Jerevan” is part of the wider project “Lightning Flowers”, a global artistic installation originally conceived by Franz Cerami with the aim to light up urban suburbs of the major capitals of the world. After Rome, Napels and Berlin, “Lighting Flowers” will take place in Madrid, New York and Shanghai. A big exhibition will be realized in the Royal Palace of Napels. A video-documentary and a catalogue will be produced to collect each journey and city.
15 wonderful days in which we projected my moving paintings on skeletons of abandoned factories, on cement forests on large concrete cables. 15 days when I became more convinced of the possibility of turning dark places into illuminated places, abandoned factories in attractive spaces.
I started thinking about the possibility of creating the first Lighting Flowers exhibition in Yerevan: I activated relationships with the local contemporary art circuit and with other institutional actors. The reason why I want to do it is because I believe that Yerevan is the right place to start, the right place to plant permanent Lighting Flowers and show that art can intervene in certain urban areas and leave an important mark.