SABOTEUR PRODUCTIONS

interdisciplinary arts & production by Kamee Abrahamian

film

TRANSMISSION

a “World of Q” short film
collaboration with Kalik Arts,
Anahid Yahjian & Emily Mkrtichian
writer, producer, actor
K and L are cultural conservationists working in a not-so-distant future to preserve the artifacts and histories that are being systematically destroyed by a totalitarian government. When they are in a deadly car accident, time splinters into parallel realities separating them. Each enters a reality where one dies while the other lives, and they embark on a search between worlds to find each other again.

SCREENINGS:

MetroEast Community Media 2018

PSU Queer Students of Color Conference 2018

The Many Faces of Armenians: A Celebration of Queer-Armenian Art at Roslin Gallery 2018

ALL IS FOUND

an “Alchemy of Waste” short film
collaboration with Katelyn Partlow
producer, director, editor
All is Found documents a quiet circuit-bending musician (Mickey) as he searches through a demolished school in the hopes of finding scraps and discarded objects which he later tinkers into musical instruments. The creators of Alchemy of Waste are inspired by dumpster divers, tinkerers, and circuit hackers –  the underground innovators of the upcycling movement.

SCREENINGS:

Yosemite Film Festival Finalist 2014
Earth Day Film Festival Staff Pick 2015

Planet in Focus Official Selection 2015
Drap-Art Festival of Recycling Art of Catalonia 2015
True Believers: A Night of Lady-Directed Shorts  2016

EQUINOX

a “World of Q” short film
collaboration with Kalik Arts
producer, writer, videographer, editor
In the near future, a totalitarian government wipes out a resistance movement and surgically removes the voices of all resistor’s children. Years later, Velouria’s foster sister persuades her to pledge allegiance to the same regime in exchange for receiving voice integration therapy.
digital storyworld coming soon

ALL IS FOUND P.2

an “Alchemy of Waste” featurette
collaboration with Katelyn Partlow
producer, director, editor
Starring NYC-based cabaret performer Dangrrr Doll,  shot in the warehouse of the Terracycle headquarters, featuring music by Mickey.

DEAR ARMEN: THE FINAL MONOLOGUE

short film & video installation
collaboration with Kalik Arts
producer, videographer, performer, art director, editor

SCREENINGS:

Reeling Chicago LGBTQ & International Film Festival Official Selection 2016
Moving the (b)order – Queering Yerevan Happening & Film Festival 2016
True Believers: A Night of Lady-Directed Shorts from Portland 2016
She Loves: Three Day Art Event in Los Angeles 2017
TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival Official Selection 2017

theatre & installation

DEAR ARMEN

collaboration with Kalik Arts 

creator, writer, producer, performer

A multi-stranded narrative that follows the story of a genderqueer writer and student, Garo, as they study the life and work of Armen Ohanian, an enigmatic Armenian performer and survivor of the early 20th-century anti-Armenian pogroms in Baku.

Dear Armen weaves the stories of three generations of Armenian women and queers — featuring a blend of monologue, folk dance, erotic performance and live music. It has transformed through many iterations, including immersive theatre to interactive installation, zine, workshop, and short film. It toured internationally through 2013-2016, received two residency periods in Armenia, and has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council for various parts of its creation, production and touring.

SETTING BONES

collaboration with Kalik Arts 

creator, writer, producer

When their mother & grandmother suddenly die, three estranged siblings are forced to come together and pack up their childhood home. 

 

WINNER OF THE VANCOUVER FRINGE NEW PLAY PRIZE 2017

Dear Armen weaves the stories of three generations of Armenian women and queers — featuring a blend of monologue, folk dance, erotic performance and live music. It has transformed through many iterations, including immersive theatre to interactive installation, zine, workshop, and short film. It toured internationally through 2013-2016, received two residency periods in Armenia, and has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council for various parts of its creation, production and touring.

BLOOD BALLET CABARET

artistic director, performer, producer

The salacious Ms. Bloody Mary Anne leads a family of dysfunctional yet lovable burlesque, circus, and musical performers dedicated to pushing boundaries on and off the stage. The BBC has toured multiple times across USA, Canada, Japan, Europe, and Panama.

visual art & exhibition

KALEIDERIE mixed media:
Emerge-arts emerging artists exhibit: NYC (2011-2013)
Monocle Order Pop-up Gallery: NYC (2011)
Abrahamian Art Centre: Yerevan (2011-2013)

MINUTIAE mixed media:
Kolaj Artist Trading Cards: distributed in print (2014)
Viva La Muxer Festival: Los Angeles (2015)
Lips of Pride: Yerevan (2016)
#THEGALLERYPROJECT by Transnational Queer Underground: Estonia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Germany (2017-2018)
Talk to me in Parsley and Tambourines: NYC (2018)

LOVELINEST photography:
Ryan Ao Gallery: Portland (2015)

POKHANTSUM (փոխանցում) paintings:
Roadmaps by Honey Pump Gallery x Artesson: Yerevan, NYC (2018)

HERSTORIES OF DIVINE LOVE mixed media:
The Many Faces of Armenians: Roslin Art Gallery, Los Angeles (2018)
Fragile by Artesson: Union of Cinematographers of Armenia (2018)
oh motHER: Spilt Milk Gallery, Edinburgh UK (2018)

on screen

THE SEA

directors: Anahid Yahjian & Armen Harootun

SUSANNA

director: Oksanna Mirzoyan

FOUR WALLS

directors: Anahid Yahjian & Armen Harootun

STONE TIME TOUCH

director: Garine Torossian

Best Creative Documentary at 23rd Warsaw Film Festival

collaboration

KALIK ARTS COMPANY & SPACESHIP

Kalik (գալիք) –  As in, Forthcoming. Next. The soon-to-come. Near Future.
We arrive at artmaking as generative and transformative mediums for expressing urgent truths, recalling ancestral stories and teachings, while simultaneously visioning future worlds that centre healing, justice, and love. Through Kalik we will create and produce original and participatory interdisciplinary art, performances, films, digital media, literature, events, gatherings and workshops, working with and alongside many artists, creatives, and advocates for the kinds of worlds and communities we know are possible and that we are actively building.

Kalik comes from the collaborative partnership between Kamee Abrahamian and lee williams boudakian. We are interdisciplinary artists, producers, and facilitators invested in storytelling that integrates our ancestral & cultural herstories, grapples with our current worlds & visions into futures that centre the lives and stories of those of us currently living on the fringe & in the margins.

DYADS

DYADS is a collaborative storytelling and art project that gathers SWANA women and queers. It was born out of a desire to reclaim and share silenced and untold narratives from our collective familial ancestries. Within each dyad, one shares an ancestral story they understand as queer and/or feminist, and the other interprets/responds through artwork. Story and artwork will live in a book, side-by-side and in relationship.

The coming together of this collective of artists, storytellers, and participatory researchers centers both a love ethic and methodology of refusal, as the collectivity itself is a refusal to allow the politics of borders and heteropatriarchy of the nation-state to dictate our relationships and bond-building. Illuminating collective ancestral narratives makes space for shared emergence inside fragmented experiences of history, self, and community. It also (re)situates participants inside a lineage long denied of many SWANA queers/feminists.

workshop facilitation

WORLD OF Q: DIASPORIC FUTURISM
interdisciplinary arts & storytelling
in collaboration with lee williams boudakian

Queer Students of Color Conference
Portland State University, 2016

Detroit Allied Media Conference

Wayne State University 2016

Out on Campus

Simon Fraser University 2016

OUR NENE'S STORIES: ANCESTRAL STORYTELLING
interdisciplinary arts & storytelling
in collaboration with lee williams boudakian

Dear Armen East Coast Tour
Brooklyn, New York 2016

MULTIDISCIPLINARY DIGITAL ARTS FOR YOUTH

TUMO Center for Creative Technologies
Yerevan, Armenia 2013

published works & conferences

“Coffee No. 1” No, Dear Magazine (cover art), guest edited by Alina Gregorian (2018).

“Dear Armen” Q2Q: Queer Canadian Performance Texts, edited by Peter Dickinson, C.E. Gatchalian, Kathleen Oliver & Dalbir Singh (2018).

“Herstories of Divine Love,” The Armenian Review; Volume 56, Number 1-2 (Spring–Summer 2018).

“Stitching Stories: a ceremony of cross-cultural psycho-narrative restoration,” Presented at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action; University of Ottawa (June 2017).

“Development of Racial Justice Values for the Classroom,” Presented at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action; University of Ottawa (June 2017).

“Kim Kardashian: The Dark Horse of Armenian Society*,” Paper presented at After Genocide: From Trauma to Rebirth: A Gendered Perspective; Organized by Women in War (Paris) with the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Yerevan (September 2016).

“Narratives and Sense of Community amongst Syrian-Armenian Newcomers in Toronto,” Paper presented at Global Histories of Refugees Conference; University of Melbourne (October 2016).

“when you left us in armenia / 2011,” BTWN | The Between Journal (issue: 2016).

“Dear Armen,” Ardziv Magazine, (issue: December 2014)