interdisciplinary arts & production by Kamee Abrahamian
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
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
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
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.
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)
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)
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 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.
WORLD OF Q: DIASPORIC FUTURISM
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
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
“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)