Veronika Babayan

Veronika Babayan is an artist, writer, and educator. She uses a meta-autobiographical approach to study pedagogies that affect the perpetual production of national identity. 

By looking at motherhood, she works with collective memories that offer alternative accounts to those of mainstream histories. Using and animating traditional women’s practices, she emphasizes the role of feminism in undermining hegemonic authority in patriotic memory. Veronika reaches out through existing cultural elements, signs and symbols shared between antagonistic histories to discover how they could transcend nationalistic narratives and to create spaces for interterritorial belonging.

Veronika studied at the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, then at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, and obtained her master’s degree at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, in 2020. She has also been a guest lecturer in Critical Studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy and works as a Projects Assistant at Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam. Currently, she is working on publishing her MA thesis ‘Dear Mother; Fluid Mechanism of Belonging’.


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