Benji Boyadgian (1983, Jerusalem) studied architecture at ENSAPLV School of Architecture (L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette), specializing in urban sociology in post-conflict areas.

 

Boyadgian works on research-based projects that explore themes revolving around perception, heritage, territory, architecture and landscape. He works with multiple media, employing painting and drawing as his primary tools and site specific installations as a means of integrating into space and context. 

Boyadgian lives and works in Jerusalem.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2003-2009 - ENSAPLV school of architecture (Ecole Normale Supérieur d’Architecture de Paris la Villette) : Masters of Architecture with research distinction, specialized in urban sociology

Graduation Project: “Alipasino Polje : the mutation of a high rise housing scheme and industrial zone” , Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Masters Thesis: “Contemporary habitat and urban expansion in Bethlehem, Palestine”
2007 - CCA (California College of the Arts), (exchange student), San Francisco

Solo Shows 

2018 - Dissolutions, Oktem Aykut Gallery, Istanbul
2017 - The Discord, Al Ma’mal foundation for contemporary arts and Anadiel Gallery, Jerusalem.

2016 - Traces, Art Rooms, Kyrenia.
2013 - Abstrabesque, Al Ma’mal foundation for contemporary arts, Jerusalem.

Group Shows

2020 - Guests, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul.  

2019 - CrossSections_notes, Exhibition Laboratory at the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki). CrossSections_perspectives, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. Phantom Limbs, Jameel arts center, Dubai. Shared Religious Sites, DEPO, Istanbul. Climbing through the tide, B7L9, Tunis. Intimate Terrains, Palestinian Museum, Birzeit.

2018 - Jerusalem Show, ‘Actual and possible’, Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem.CROSSECTIONS, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
AQUA, Contemporary Artists and Water Issues, Isola dei Pescatori, Stresa, Lago Maggiore.
2017 - Sharjah Biennial 13 Offsite: Shifting Ground, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah. Armenia Standart: Mount Anlalogue, Gyumri. Shared Religious sites, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki. Around About: Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah. AQUA, Contemporary Artists and Water Issues, Chateau de Penthes, Geneva, SESC Belenzinho, Sao Paolo;

2016 - The Jerusalem Show VIII: ‘Before and After Origins’, Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem;De lova de oss en skola, de lovade en Simhall, Skånes konstförening, Lund.
Lines of passage (in media res), the Municipal Art Gallery, Lesvos.
2015 - Shared Religious Sites, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM), Marseille.

Line, Art Rooms, Kyrenia.
Stepping over the Borders, European Mediterranean Art Association (EMMA), Nicosia.

2014 - The Jerusalem Show VII: ‘Fractures’, Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem.Curated-By: Spinning On An Axis, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna.

Talks

2019 - Historical Materialism, Athens. Climbing through the tide, B5L9, Tunis. Festivale Histoire et Cite, ‘Histoire d’Eaux’, Geneva.

2017 - Sharjah Biennial 13 Offsite: Shifting Ground, “CLOGGED” Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah.
Historical Materialism, “Conversation around a roundabout” collaborative work with visual artist Behzad Khorvasi.American University of Beirut.

2015 - Benjamin in Palestine, “Conversation around a roundabout” collaborative work with visual artist Behzad Khorvasi. Goethe Institute Ramallah.
Flying carpet 14, “Beyond the daily routine” collaborative project with urban sociologist Yoann Morvan. Konstarsnamden, Iapis, Stockolm.

On Jerusalem Show: ”How do we engage with alternative cartographies? Geopolitics and the production of knowledge in a globalised world" SALT Galata, Istanbul.
2014 - International conference: Living Consuming and Action in Glocal Palestine, “Beyond the daily routine”collaborative project with urban sociologist Yoann Morvan. Al Naja University Nablus in collaboration with IFPO.

2010 - “Toward an urbanscape of homogenous chaos, The development of Bethlehem in the last century”. Talk at Royal institute of Art and IASPIS, Sweden.

Residencies 

2019 - Guest resident, Villa Romana, Florence.


International Artist Residency Program, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

2015 - Grant holder, Konstnaremnen IASPIS, Stockholm.

“Stepping over the Borders”. European Mediterranean Art Association, Nicosia.

Teaching

2020 - International Art accademia, Birzeit.

2018 - International Art accademia, Birzeit. Dar el Kalima, Bethlehem

2017-2018 - International Art accademia, Birzeit
2017 - Exchange teacher program, Konstfak, Stockholm.

2015-2016 - International Art accademia, Ramallah.

2013-2015 - Children and adult workshops, Art Lab, and Al Ma’mal foundation for contemporary arts, Jerusalem.