Aram Atamian is a US born diasporan Armenian artist and educator living and working in Chicago and Yerevan. His art practice spans live performance, installation and lens-based media. Atamian has exhibited internationally in Italy at the 57th Venice Biennale (Arts and Globalization Pavilion) and Tethys Gallery; in Armenia at HAYP, The Institute of Contemporary Art, and NPAK; in Turkey at Çiplak Ayaklar and METU; in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Gray Center at the University of Chicago, Links Hall, Extase, Ohklahomo!, and Mana Contemporary; and in New York at The Maysles Film Institute, Chashama, PIMA at Brooklyn College, and GEARY Contemporary.

Aram currently teaches interdisciplinary art through Chicago Art Partnerships in Education, and has taught at SAIC and the Lion’s Jaw Festival at M.I.T. He has been a resident artist at the ICA Yerevan, Ox-Bow, ACRE, and High Concept Labs among others.

He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


I make performance and lens based work that represents the ways that fantasy infiltrates experience of self, identity and geography. My recent work explores the diasporan gesture towards impossible homelands, and asks what new spaces of belonging might emerge in their absence.