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Second Season of ‘Parajanov—100’ Contest Launched at HSE Art and Design School

Second Season of ‘Parajanov—100’ Contest Launched at HSE Art and Design School

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As part of a continuing exploration of the national cultural context, the HSE University Art and Design School and the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, in collaboration with the Sergei Parajanov Museum and the Artists' Union of Armenia, have announced the second open international online contest for collage in animation dedicated to the centenary of Sergei Parajanov’s birth.

Sergei Parajanov (1924–1990) was an outstanding film director, screenwriter, and artist whose filmography includes Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965), The Colour of Pomegranates (1968), Ashik Kerib (1988), and more.

Sergei Parajanov left an impressive artistic legacy of drawings, collages, assemblages, installations, mosaics, and other works. Many of them have been donated and are kept in the Memorial House in Yerevan, while others are in private collections. The PARADJANOV—100 open contest in the ‘Collage in Animation’ category has been launched in memory of Sergei Parajanov and in honour of the centenary of his birth.

The contest accepts works made in the animation collage technique. Artists, designers, animators, motion and digital artists are welcome to apply. The only requirement is that the work must use animation collage and/or assemblage techniques. Collages should be inspired by the work of Parajanov.

Anyone can submit their project to the contest on hsedesign.ru. Participants can submit as many projects as they like. The winners’ works will be exhibited in Yerevan at the Sergei Parajanov Museum, the Artists' Union of Armenia, and in the urban environment in June 2024. In addition, the winners will receive cash prizes.

Collage is a fine art and graphic design technique used throughout the twentieth century by influential artists such as Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, Gustav Klutsis, El Lissitzky, and many other artists of the classical avant-garde. Sergei Parajanov actively used collage and assemblage in many of his artistic works. In the 21st century, collage remains one of the most significant techniques in fine art and design.

Igor Gurovich, designer, artist, and Academic Supervisor of the Bachelor's in Communication Design at the HSE University Art and Design School in Yerevan:

‘The theme of the Parajanov 2024 Festival is collage in animation. Like last year, the organisers and jury are looking forward to seeing experimental works that follow the rebellious spirit of the artist rather than using formal solutions. Parajanov is a great storyteller. Each of his easel works and films tell us touching and amazing stories. We really hope that the 120-second time limit will not prevent the creators from making a real, complete, profound statement. We will be glad to see stories, both funny and sad. We will also be glad to see technological experiments in the fields of graphics, editing, and sound. We urge you to perceive the collage as the widest possible coverage of plastic arts. With you, we would like to create an idea of the 21st-century collage, to create an image of a still young and still relevant method.’

  • Contest Timeline

    January 22 — May 26

    Project submission

    May 27 — June 9

    Project review by the jury

    June 17

    Contest results

Project requirements

  • Duration of up to 120 seconds
  • The project can be implemented in Armenian, Russian or English
  • Projects must include an opening/ closing title that reads: ‘Dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Sergei Parajanov’ (you can use the image provided by the contest organisers or develop your own featuring information and logos of the HSE Art and Design School, RAU, the Sergei Parajanov Museum and the Artists' Union of Armenia).


🥇 1st place — 330 000 AMD / 75 000 roubles

🥈 2nd place — 220 000 AMD / 50 000 roubles

🥉 3rd place — 110 000 AMD / 25 000 roubles

Contest Jury

  • Igor Gurovich — designer, artist, and Academic Supervisor of the Bachelor's in Communication Design at the HSE University Art and Design School in Yerevan.
  • Anait Mikaelyan — Director of the Sergei Parajanov Museum (Yerevan).
  • Suren Safaryan — artist, Chair of the Artists' Union of Armenia.
  • Mitya Harshak — designer, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Projector magazine, Head of Communication Design at HSE University.
  • Armen Martirosyan — Director of Antares Media Holding
  • Vakhan Stepanyan — founder of the Rambalkoshe contemporary art museum
  • Karen Markarian — Director of the RAU Institute of Media, Advertising and Cinema
  • Vage Gevorkyants — Head of the RAU TV and Cinema Department
  • David Avakian — Member of the Board of the St Petersburg Union of Designers, member of the expert committee at the St Petersburg City Planning Council, CEO of the Branding Agency ASGARD
  • Dmitri Makonnen – designer, poster artist. Director of IZO.EE, editor of posterpreview.eu, member of the Russia Designers Association, Member of the Estonian Graphic Designers Association
  • Dmitry Kavka — multidisciplinary artist who creates projects at the intersection of digital and material realities
  • Vazgen Gilovyan — industrial designer, calligraphy artist, designer of Art. Lebedev Studio
  • Erken Kagarov — artist, designer, art director, member of the Russia Designers Association, the Academy of Graphic Design (Vice President from 2001–2007), Art Directors Club Russia and the Moscow Union of Artists.

Partners: Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Sergei Parajanov Museum, Artists' Union of Armenia

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