Genocide

  • Box, cross...

    Box, cross, dissmemberment, genocide

    Installation, performance, 1997

    The box is white and mysterious. It sits in the middle of the room. She opens the box reverentially. The ritual is not about mourning, but about discovery and revelation. The box opens and it becomes a cross. The cross carries a body, candles and papers. She empties the box and discovers the body. She lights the candles around it and rests for a moment. Then she takes the pieces apart and moves them to different directions. She plants seeds in the ground next to each piece. The candles keep burning...

    Music:
    Shoushanig Lyric Image, Edward Mirzoyan
    Lord, open us the doors,
    arr. by R. Atayan, Lucine Zakarian, soprano
    Hispanola,
    Vangelis
    Moxica and the horse,
    Vangelis
    Text: excerpt from Arshile Gorky's letter to his sister Vartoush, February 25, 1941, New York
    Voice: Greg Thompson
    Sculpture: Simon Guevrekian and Alina Mnatsakanian

  • Monument Ephémère

    Monument Ephémère - un mur, une nuit - one wall, one night, 100 nights...

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    Centre d’art Contemporain Yverdon-les-bains (CACY) - 28 novembre 2015

    Un Monument Ephémère en voyage depuis mars 2015…
    Le “Monument Ephémère” est un geste de proteste et de commémoration. Un cri silencieux, pour dire que chaque personne décédée est importante et que personne n’a le droit de prendre une vie, ni deux, ni un million et demi, que chaque vie est précieuse. L’œuvre est dédiée aux victimes du génocide des Arméniens du début de 20ème siècle, mais pas seulement, car malheureusement l’homme continue à tuer des hommes, les gouvernements se donnent raison d’annihiler des êtres humains ou les enlever de leur terre d’origine et de les déraciner pour des raisons économiques et politiques.

    Le « Monument » a voyagé en Su
    isse (Berne, Neuchâtel, Bâle, Köniz, Genève, Martigny, Bellinzona, Bienne, Yverdon-les-bains...) et aussi aux Etats-Unis et au Canada. Le voyage a commencé à Berne le 4 mars 2015 et il continue… 172 jours pour l’instant !

    The "Ephemeral Monument" is traveling since March 2015...
    The "Ephemeral Monument" is a gesture of protest and commemoration. A silent shout, to say that every deceased person is important and that nobody has the right to take a life, or two, or a million and a half, that every life is precious. The work is dedicated to the victims of the Armenian genocide in the early 20th century, but not only, because unfortunately the man continues to kill. Governments give themselves the right to annihilate human beings or to remove them from their native lands and uproot them for economic and political reasons. The 'Monument' travelled in Switzerland (Bern, Neuchâtel, Basel, Köniz, Geneva, Martigny, Bellinzona, Bienne, Yverdon-les-bains...) and also in the United States and the Canada. The journey began in Bern March 4, 2015 and it continues... 172 days for now!

    Agenda
    MultipleSpacings gallery, Berne – 4 mars - 29 mai 2015
    Centre d’art Neuchâtel (CAN) – 23 avril
    Péristyle de l’Hôtel de Ville, Neuchâtel – 5 mai
    Garboushian gallery, Beverly Hills, Californie – 16 mai - 12 juin
    Projektraum M54, Bâle – 21 mai
    Château de Cormondrèche – 31 mai - 21 juin
    Proiectum, Köniz – 5 juin - 10 juillet
    Théâtre du Grütli, Genève – 25 juin
    Le Manoir de la Ville de Martigny – 24 juillet
    Centre d’art Contemporain Ticino (CACT) – 29 août - 8 novembre
    Université de Moncton, NB, Canada – 1 - 30 octobre
    Pasquart, Bienne - 29 octobre
    Galerie C, Neuchâtel – 5 novembre
    Centre d’art Contemporain Yverdon-les-bains (CACY) - 28 novembre
    EPFL Rolex learning center, Lausanne - 2 décembre

  • One person died

    One person died

    Installation in diptych – evolving digital moving image and video, 2011

    One person died is an istallation in two parts that addresses human attrocities unpunished and unrecognized; acceptation of the crime being the only way of redemption.

    Every day, in the news, a large number of people are declared dead: 50 in an attack, 4000 in a massacre, 1.5 million in a Genocide... These victims are not simple numbers. Each one of them is a unique and valuable being, regardless of his place of origin. One person died is dedicated to each one of these victims, especially those of genocides, be it Rwandan, Kosovar, Khmer, Jewish, Indian or Armenian. The installation offers visitors a moment of reflection on a universal subject that speaks of life and its value.

    Video clip of the projection

    One person died – evolving digital image, indefinite time, 2011

    With the help of an algorithm, the phrase “One person died” repeats itself in different sizes and colors. The configuration changes constantly, but the phrase stays unchanged. A digital counter registers the number of repetition. Once the number reaches 1.5 million, the the counter restarts. 1.5 million is in reference to the number of victimes of the Armenian genocide of the beginning of the 20th century. Programming: Laurent Novac, HE-Arc ingénierie

    Puricifation – video, 3’ loop, 2011

     

     

     

     
  • The journey

    The journey

    Installation, 1997

    When we travel we use boxes to transport our belongings. There's also the emotional bagage that we carry with us.

     

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