Like It or Not: the Armenian Communist Party Should Be Given to This Young People,, 2016
Like It or Not: the Armenian Communist Party Should Be Given to This Young People In late June to early July, 2015, Armenia's youth blocked capital Yerevan's main avenue to protest against rising electricity prices. The two-week long demonstration has come to be known as Electric Yerevan. As a reporter covering the event for Epress.am, I had the chance to witness the protest right at its core and subsequently decided to create a work that would, in some sense, be an attempt to continue the civic activism rather than make a film simply documenting the fact. In my video entitled “Like It or Not: the Armenian Communist Party Should Be Given to This Young People,” I have used Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial poem "The PCI to the Young!" whose political and mental sentiments correlate strangely with my feelings of those days. I have also used clips from Donald Richie's film “Boy with Cat” whose approaches to aesthetics, I believe, also match the feelings that I am trying to convey; that is, the aesthetic of a lone rebel in a highly commercialized environment created by institutionalized political opposition parties over the years. In addition, the video comprises clips shot by me during Electric Yerevan, which, by the way, have quite an interesting back-story: on June 23, law enforcement officers seized my camera and deleted the entire footage I had captured of them violently dispersing the demonstration. We were subsequently able to restore the video materials with a help from our programmer friends. “Like It or Not: the Armenian Communist Party Should Be Given to This Young People” is the product of my conviction that, despite the failure of parties and political processes, the goal of progressive artists remains the construction of Communism.