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THE ARARAT COLLECTIVE

At the onset of the pandemic, a time when so many have felt more isolated than ever, eight international artists formed a new relationship built around the sharing of artistic practices, lived experiences, and philosophical dialogue. Brought together by the Asylum Arts community, we chose to ride out the storm on a virtual ark intended for no greater purpose than to provide us a bit of collegial shelter. The Covid storm landed us on our own mountain of Ararat: a place from which we have a vantage point to see what’s behind us and around us and, perhaps even, ahead of us. The artwork collected here has been created by the eight artists of the Ararat Collective and is intended to be consumed individually and collectively.

 

— The Ararat Collective

Robyn Awend, Noa Charuvi, Tusia Dabrowska, Randy Ginsburg, Agustin Jais, Orly Noa Rabinyan, Jon Adam Ross, and Diana Wyenn

 

 

What is this moment uncovering for you? 

How does creativity keep you afloat?

 

Since June, this international collective of contemporary artists gathered by Asylum Arts has been meeting via zoom bi-weekly. Each member of the collective is a professional artist who has had to question and reimagine their artistic discipline, practice, and profession.

 

Together they co-created The Ararat Collective's Map to Surviving a Pandemic, a webzine containing a series of new artworks presented digitally under the theme of “surviving the pandemic” and in response to the two questions above which arose as they met. 

Shmita, Tohu VaVohu, and Ararat were three of the main concepts that the Ararat Collective chose as a point of departure to exchange and create about COVID-19 times.

Launched February 11, 2021, The Ararat Collective's Map to Surviving a Pandemic will remain on view for 6 months until August 9, 2021.

Map and logo designed by Agustín Jais. Website created by Diana Wyenn.

This project was funded in part by Asylum Arts, an organization supporting contemporary Jewish culture on an international scale, bringing greater exposure to artists and cultural initiatives and providing opportunities for new projects and collaborations. Learn more about them at asylum-arts.org

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