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Armand Yervant Tufenkian is an Armenian filmmaker and artist, born in 1988 to parents from Aleppo, Syria.


His films include Accession (2018), which maps an informal network of seed exchange through letter correspondence. It has screened at festivals such as the Viennale, Art of the Real at Lincoln Center, Mar del Plata, Underdox, and as part of the 'Reimagining the Land' retrospective at Sheffield Doc/Fest and the 'Conscious Landscapes' exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, among others.

Previous films include in lightning Agnes (2014), made at an elevation of ten thousand feet in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness of Colorado, and featured in the Millennium Film Journal, Kathryn Ramey’s book Experimental Filmmaking, and exhibited at the Cinema for All Pavilion at the Thailand Biennale in 2024.

Tufenkian's work has been supported recently by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and residencies at Fogo Island Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Monson Arts, and previously by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Puffin Foundation, City of Chicago's Individual Artist Program, and Creative Armenia.

He did doctoral studies at Duke University and studied film and fine arts at the California Institute of the Arts. He works as a fire lookout in the Sequoia forest of the Sierra Nevada and is a lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.


In the Manner of Smoke, a long-form observation of disparate perspectives
on forest fires, will be his next film.


Recent Screenings and Exhibitions

in lightning Agnes

Thailand Biennale, Cinema for All Pavilion | February 2024

Submerged Narratives

Fogo Island Arts | May-June 2023


Block Museum, Northwestern University | February 2024

Visible Evidence, Università degli Studi de Udine | September 2023

Bienal Ciudad y Ciencia, Círculo de Bellas Artes Madrid | February 2023

Braunschweig University of Art | November 2020

Reimagining the Land, retrospective at Sheffield Doc/Fest | Aug-Sep 2020

Mimesis Documentary Festival | August 2020

Our Habitats Programme | May 2020

Daimon Muestra Internacional de Cine | April 2020 

UnionDocs | February 2020

Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje | December 2019

Pravo Ljudski Sarajevo | December 2019

Viennale | October 2019

Art of the Real at Lincoln Center | April 2019

Mar del Plata  | November 2018

Underdox  | October 2018

Temporary Fields

Lithium Gallery | November 2018




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Recent Press

Lucía Salas and Christopher Small. #3 Reimagining the Land. We Can't Go Home Again (podcast). 2020 

Lauren Wagner. Thought provoking cinema. Viennale Hören (podcast). 2019

David Perrin. "Art of the Real 2019." MUBI Notebook. 2019

Jacob Zicheng Zhang. "An Archival Impulse, or Not: Accessioning." gallery no one. 2019

Dustin Chang. "Art of the Real: A Celebration of Non-Narrative Filmmaking." ScreenAnarchy. 2019

Lucía Salas. "Semillas del pasado/Seeds from the Past." Mar del Plata International Film Festival. 2018

Neil Young. "Far from the shallow now: two highlights from Underdox." Modern Times Review. 2018

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