Mariam Zakarian

B.1987, Armenia. MSc Media Technology, Aalborg University

Mariam Zakarian is a Danish-Armenian multidisciplinary visual artist based in Copenhagen. She is autodidactic and works with classical drawing, painting, photography and film, cutting edge digital technology as well as performances and installations.

Her artistic roots are in figurative, representational genres infused with the strange and surreal, brimming with visual metaphors and carefully constructed layers of symbolism. She is the creator of one of the first Danish VR artworks, and has worked with the medium since 2014.

Previous exhibitions include galleries, museums, and major tech and fine art events on 3 continents, among which are the Museum of Contemporary Art of Novi Sad, Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and Art Basel Hong Kong.

Zakarian creates her VR art pieces solo from start to finish -a process involving 3D modeling, animation and music composition. She holds an M.Sc. in Media Technology, specializing in VR, and she occasionally shares her knowledge, techniques and discoveries at international festivals and conferences, discussing the relationships between the human experience of art, artmaking and the artificial, as well as the importance of considering the human aspects when creating the technology of the future.

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    Selected Exhibitions:

    Copenhagen, Zakarian & Lövendahl present BLACKLANDS |2023, DK
    Stockholm, C/o Bauer Gallery | 2021: SE
    Zagreb, Ulica Baruna Trenka 8  |2021: HR
     Novi Sad, Danube Dialogues central exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art | 2019: RS
    Hong Kong, Art Basel Hong Kong  |2018: HK
    San Francisco, Moscone Center  | 2018: US
    Berlin, Urban Spree  | 2018: DE
    Copenhagen, Galleri Oxholm  | 2017: DK
    Copenhagen, Ministry of Higher Education and Science  | 2016: DK
    Copenhagen, Papirhallen   | 2016: DK

    2022: Jury: Animated Films (Danish & International), Odense Film Festival (DK)
    2019: Panel: Music in Immersive Experience, VR Days (NL)
    2019: Panel: Art and Ecology, Museum of Contemporary Art (RS)
    2018: Internet Week Denmark: The Danish VR Scene (DK)
    2018: Copenhagen University: Virtually Ourselves (DK)
    2017: Nordic Game Jam Conference (DK)
    2017: The Danish Film School: SpilBar (DK)
    2016: Creative Coast Festival (SE)
    2015: A MAZE Festival (DE),
    2015: Creative Coast Festival(SE)
    2014: Interaction Design for Children conference (DK),
    2014: Game Industry Conference(PL),
    2014: Spilbar(DK),
    2010: Organisation for Digital Design Students(DK)

    2023: DK | Copenhagen, Lövendahl, Zakarian & Lövendahl present BLACKLANDS
    2021: HR | Zagreb, Ulica Baruna Trenka 8, Art of Fury
    2021: SE | Stockholm, Gamla Stan, C/o Bauer Gallery, Art of Fury
    2019: RS | Novi Sad, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Danube Dialogues
    2019: SE | Karlshamn, Creative Coast Festival
    2019: DK | Nordborg, Universe Science Park
    2018: SE| Karlshamn, Creative Coast Festival
    2018: DK | Nordborg, Universe Science Park
    2018: DE | Berlin, A MAZE Festival, Urban Spree
    2018: HK | Hong Kong, Art Basel Hong Kong, with MOR/HTC
    2018: USA | San Francisco, Game Developers Conference, with MOR/Valve
    2018: DK | Copenhagen, Copenhagen University, Virtually Ourselves
    2017: SE | Karlshamn, Creative Coast Festival
    2017, DK | Copenhagen, Galleri Oxholm (solo)
    2017: DK | Copenhagen, The Danish Film School
    2017-2019: Online | The Museum Of Other Realities
    2016: DK | Copenhagen, CopenX VR Summit
    2016: DK | Copenhagen, Culture Night, Ministry of Higher Education and Science Innovation
    2015: SE | Karlshamn, Creative Coast Festival
    2015: DK | Copenhagen, Cinemateket, SpilBar
    2015: DK | Copenhagen, Aalborg University, Shayla VR Games Festival
    2015: DE | Berlin, A MAZE Festival
    2015: UK | London, REZZED Festival
    2015: USA | San Francisco, Game Developers Conference
    2015: FI | Helsinki, Slush Summit
    2014: PL | Poznán, Poznán Game Arena
    2014: DK | Viborg, Select/Start PLAY Festival
    2014: DE | Cologne, Gamescom Conference
    2014: SE | Linköping, NärCon Convention
    2014: DK | Copenhagen, Aalborg University, Shayla Games Festival
    2014: DK | Aarhus, Aarhus University, Interaction Design and Children Conference
    2012: SE | Stockholm, KGB Bar (solo)
    2012: SE | Stockholm, Zita – Folkets Bio (solo)
    2010: DK | Aarhus, Aarhus University (solo)
    2006: DK | Aabenraa, Aabenraa Statsskole
    2005: DK | Aabenraa, Aabenraa Statsskole (solo)
    2000: DK | Padborg, Bov Galleri (solo)
    1998: DK | Vordingborg, Marienberg Skole

    2013-2017         Master of Science in Media Technology (spec. Virtual Reality Art)
                                       Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark. 

    2014                      Eucroma digital crossmedia arts program
                                       The European Cross Media Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark

    2011-2012         Art History
                                       Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

    2009-2012         Bachelor of Art in Digital Design
                                       Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

    2008-2009         Medicine (1st year: Macro- & Microscopic Anatomy)
                                       Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark