Became Karabakh's first-ever artist-in-residence from the diaspora. Spent six months in Shushi, carving, writing, and running an apprenticeship program. The works produced by the teenage apprentices were later marketed as part of the POWER OF FOUR chilren's-book package.

After six months in Karabakh as an artist-in-residence, Kardash exhibited an installation titled FOUR STONES, featuring carvings created in Shushi. During the show, Norek Kasparyan of Nahapet TV had a memorable interview with the artist.