An exhibition titled “Armenity”, one of many on display until October 18, 2015, took place at the International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia near the Mekhitarist Monastery on St Lazarus Island in Venice, Italy. The Exhibition is in the participation of many artists of Armenian Origin, Descendants of Survivors of the Armenian Genocide. The event is organized by Adelina Von Furstenberg.
Who are the participants?
The theme represents different aspects of persecution, displacement, and immigration, that Hrair Sarkissian, one of the contemporary artists from the diaspora, grandchild of those who survived the genocide, will exhibit in addition to Haig Aivazian, Nigol Bezjian, Anna Boghiguian, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Rene Gabri & Ayreen Anastas, Mekhitar Garabedian, Aikaterini Gegisian, Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, Aram Jibilian, Nina Katchadourian, Melik Ohanian, Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Rosana Palazyan, and Sarkis. All together they will try to strengthen, with their works, the notion of displacement and land, justice and reconciliation, morals, and resilience.
The details in the different shades of light, urge those present, to want to know more about the stories behind the images. Corners of houses, tables, furniture, portraits of people in the dark reflected in the shadows with hidden faces. Hands of men and women, illuminated by a single beam of light, as if in a scene of interrogation. People “rejected by Turkish society and only partially accepted by the Armenian community and that remain invisible.”
Hrair Sarkissian, has started his project titled: Unexposed, in 2012, speaks about Armenians whose ancestors had to convert to Islam to escape the genocide that occurred in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and that today, having rediscovered their roots and, having converted to Christianity, they are forced to conceal their Armenian identity.
Melik Ohanian, presents “Datcha Project”, which he started in 2005, where people from different backgrounds and cultures were invited to share a moment in an Armenian village.
Aikaterini Gegisian presents “A Small Guide to the Invisible Seas”, that she has created through a collage of images produced in different ideological contexts Soviet Armenia, Turkey, and Greece from 1960 to 1980.
What makes the show more interesting is that it is located on the Armenian San Lazarus Island, situated between San Marco and the Lido. Famous for its gardens, the old printing house, Monastery and library of manuscripts, and that has helped to preserve one of the most important assets of the Armenian culture.
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