Yervant Gianikian was born in Merano to Armenian parents. He studied architecture in Venice and began working in film upon meeting Angela Ricci Lucchi, born in Lugo di Romagna. She studied painting with Oskar Kokoschka. Their work focuses on the image and the constant search for visual expression.
The two artists have presented their works at numerous international film festivals in Cannes, Rotterdam, Venice, and Toronto, and have been awarded for their work worldwide. Their works have been shown in major solo and group exhibitions in leading museums including the MoMA in New York in 2000 and in 2009, the Jeu de Paume, Paris (1995 and 2006), Tate Modern, London (2011), Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2012), and recently in the show La Guerra che verrà… at MART in Rovereto (2014). Their work has been shown as well in major events such as the 49th Venice Biennale (2001) curated by Harald Szeemann, and more recntly, in 2013 in the show “The Encyclopaedic Palace” curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Cindy Sherman.
Their works can be found in many Italian and international collections, including, British Film Institute, London, MoMA, New York, La Cinémathèque Française, Paris, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, and the Mart, Rovereto.