Debt Nature

by karin

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Debt Nature


We all are in need to debt Nature

Concept author(s)

Karin Grigoryan aka Kima Toromajyan

Concept author year(s) of birth


Concept author(s) contribution

It's a personal investigation.

Concept author(s) Country


Friendly Competition

Debt. (2012)

Competition category

Visual communication practice

Competition subcategory


Competition field


Competition subfield


Subfield description

This work is a result of my activities in the public sphere of Armenia. It can be called as a public art work. This particular image wasn't exhibited anywhere.

Check out the Debt. 2012 outlines of Memefest Friendly competition.

Description of idea

Describe your idea and concept of your work in relation to the festival outlines:

Contextualizing Armenia's environmentalist movement over Memefest's conception of Debt I am coming with an idea of using the noun as a verb thus debting the very Nature of ours. The massage is about our debts which are only to be paid to the Nature.

... Sure, one never had a dream of Wall Street in Armenia. There were long-standing debt grounds: dept to the homeland (compulsory military service), dept to the family (financial supporting of elders), and after Soviet we are deeply in a new dept to the banks. One is likely to escape from such a background. So, what is left to occupy in an emigrating countries, in Armenia?

(Re) Occupy the nature, OCCUPY TEGHUT: says the motto of the local environmentalist movement.

The Armenian Copper Program (ACP), whose majority shareholder is the Vallex F.M. corporation, has been awarded a 25-year exploitation license by the Armenian government to extract the copper and molybdenum ore buried in the Teghut mountains. ACP is in the process of developing an open pit mine. The amount of forested land the company plans to clear cut is around 1,500 hectares (approximately 650 football fields). Several rivers will be polluted or dry up. It takes around 200 years for a forest to recover. Armenia has lost 7-12 percent of its forests since 1998.

What kind of communication approach do you use?

I use my personal body as a communication tool. The technical mediums such as photography are in help.

What are in your opinion concrete benefits to the society because of your communication?

The benefit of an artistic activity is not countable, I guess. But, physically, I can stand together with other people to make a tier of resisting body. Such was the case of Mashtots Public Park in Yerevan where after 80 days of daily resistance the illegally constructed boutiques were demolished (by decision of the President that was highly criticized).

What did you personally learn from creating your submitted work?

It was a kind of rediscovery and happy feeling that I am the nature and the nature is me. That the flight for the Public Park is not a flight for the Nature. It's an illusion that you are to save the nature (of your own) in this way. So, I think that the only debt is to be paid to the nature.

Why is your work, GOOD communication WORK?

It is what I have seen. And it is what I have thought about what I have seen. I pass it simply as far as I can.

Where and how do you intent do implement your work?

The work is to be printed in a postcard format and passed to people gratis.

Did your intervention had an effect on other Media. If yes, describe the effect? (Has other media reported on it- how? Were you able to change other media with your work- how?)

No any effects.

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