Chant Avedissian was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1951. Coming from Christian Armenian traditions due to his origins, but raised and educated inside the Egyptian culture and schools, he and his work had been always committed to the identity of nations, traditions and culture. His work for the Aga Khan Foundation with celebrated Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy (1900-1989), inspired him to develop a strong interest in traditional art and local materials: all the tracks and tools he follows to understand and get a close look to his own primal identity as a transversal human being.
Well travelled, Avedissian finds icons from traditional arts and local cultures around the world and transfer them to his own universe, working through a wide range media, including photography ant textiles. Since 1990, his most known work focuses in painted stencils on cardboard, showing the icons he found during his trips all around the world trough several countries, from Egypt to Uzbekistan, Paris to Canada, from Cuba to Greece. Avedissian stencils collect symbols and icons from every corner visited by the artist and translate them into his own artistic language.
1976 Major in sculpture. École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (ENSAD), Paris. France
1973 Graduate Montreal Museum of Fine Arts at School of Art and Design, Montreal, Canada.
1967 Kalousdian Armenian School, Boulaq, Cairo. Egypt.
2017 Transfer, transport, Transit. Sabrina Amrani, Madrid, Spain.
2006 Gallery Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, Lebanon.
2000 Solo show curated by Elizabeth Harney. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, US.
1998 New Stencils on Arab Women. British Council, Cairo. Egypt
1996 Panels and Stencils. Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam. Holland.
1995 Stencil show. Icons of the Nile. Leighton House Museum, London. UK.
1994 Stencil show, Icons of the Nile. Galerie 50 x70, Beirut, Lebanon.
1992 Stencilled panels curated by Basma El-Husseiny at the British Council, Cairo. Egypt.
1991 Stencils at Mireille and Kenton Keith’s house in Cairo. Egypt.
1990 Costume show at the Institut du monde arabe, Paris. Closing of the exhibition Egypt-Egypt. France.
1988 Costume show organized by Shahira Mehrez, at Manial Palace, Golden Hall, Cairo. Egypt.
1985 Textile hangings organised by historian and art collector Shahira Mehrez, Cairo. Egypt.
1979 Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Centre art gallery, Los Angeles, CA. US.
1979 Carzou Hall, Cairo. Egypt.
1978 Atelier of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt.
1976 Carzou Hall, Cairo. Egypt.
1974 Carzou Hall, Cairo. Egypt.
1973 Carzou Hall, Kalousdian School, Cairo. Egypt.
1971 Tekeyan Armenian Cultural Association, Montreal. Canada.
1971 Tekeyan Armenian Cultural Association, Boston. US.
1970 Carzou Hall, Kalousdian Armenian School, Cairo. Egypt.
1969 Kalousdian Armenian School parents' council, Cairo. Egypt.
2015 Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London. UK.
2014 What Remains Part I, Rose Issa Projects, London. UK.
2012 Re-Orientations II, Rose Issa Projects, London. UK.
2012 Green: A Spring Hanging, Rose Issa Projects, London. UK.
2010 Arabicity, Beirut Exhibition Centre, Beirut. Lebanon.
2009 Taswir -Pictorial Mappings of Islam & Modernity, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin. Germany.
2008 Re-Orientations: Contemporary Arab Representations, curated by Rose Issa. European Parliament, Brussels. Belgium.
2003 Love Affairs, curated by Rose Issa. IFA Galleries, Stuttgart, Bonn and Berlin. Germany.
1998 The Shape of Memories. Curated by Rose Issa. Berchem Cultural Centre, Antwerp, Belgium
1984 Fotografia Mediterrania. Centre Cultural de la Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Spain.
1995 The Art of African Textiles. Curated by Carole Brown. Barbican, London. UK.
1995 Kwangju Biennale, Korea.
2017 Art Brussels. Sabrina Amrani Gallery. Brussels, Belgium.
National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution, Washington, US
British Airways Collection, London, UK
The British Museum, London, UK
British Council, Cairo, Egypt
National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Picton, John ed. The Art of African Textiles: Technology, Tradition and Lurex, London: Lund Humphries, 1995.
Beyond the Borders, Kwangju Biennale 1995, South Korea: Kwangju Biennale Foundation, 1995.
Karnouk, Liliane, Contemporary Egyptian Art, New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.
Porter, Venetia, Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, London: British Museum Press, 2006.
Issa, Rose ed., Reorientations: Contemporary Arab Representations, Brussels: European Parliament Publications Office, 2008.
Almut Sh. Bruckstein and Hendrik Budde, ed. Taswir – Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne, Berlin: Nicolai Verlag, 2009.
Arabicity: Such A Near East, Liverpool: Bluecoat Arts Centre and Beyond Art Productions, 2010
Saeb, Eigner, Art of the Middle East: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran, London: Merrell, 2010.
Blazwick, Iwona and Af Petersens, Magnus, Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015, London: Prestel and Whitechapel Gallery, 2015.
Issa, Rose, Signs of Our Times: From Calligraphy to Calligraffiti, London: Merrell, 2016.