Tuesday, October 26, 2021 – 10:20 PM
Sharjah, 26 October / WAM / The Sharjah Art Foundation, in cooperation with the Bonnier Constellation Gallery in Stockholm and the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht – the Netherlands, is organizing the first investigative exhibition by artist Hrayer Sarkissian, entitled “The Other Side of Silence”, during the period from October 30 to January 30, in the buildings Artistic in Mareijah Square.
The exhibition is curated by Dr. Omar Khalif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator at Sharjah Art Foundation, Dr. Theodore Ringborg, Artistic Director at Galerie Bonnier Konstal, and Stijn Huygts, Artistic Director, Bonnefantin. From November 17, 2022 to May 14, 2023.
The exhibition takes visitors on an expansive journey to the squares of Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus, across the skies over Palmyra, and the snow-covered landscapes of contemporary Armenia through an extensive collection of photographs, audio and video works produced by the artist over the past 15 years.
Sarkissian stepped into the world of photography through the gate of his father’s photography studio, “The Color of the Dream” in Damascus, then traveled to Holland to study visual arts, where he continued analog photography, taking as a major mediator and testing his capabilities through his tireless pursuit of elucidating the invisible narratives of the outstanding conflicts.
Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of the Sharjah Art Foundation, said, “Although the personal character is clearly present in Sarkissian’s work, in depth it tells us stories about the realities of this world.”
She added, “Since its establishment in 2009, the Foundation has a close relationship with Sarkissian, as his iconic series of execution yards was shown in the first exhibitions we organized to later be included in the Foundation’s collection. We also presented many of his works in the tenth and fourteenth editions of the Sharjah Biennial. Today, we are pleased to continue to present Support him by organizing this world exhibition in cooperation with our partners Galerie Bonnier Konstal in Stockholm and Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht.”
Curator Omar Khalif pointed to the importance of Sarkissian’s work, and said, “We live in an era in which photography and its widespread use have played a major role in the triumph of social issues. Hence, the issue of rewriting history in a way that reflects the diversity of human memory and lived life experiences lies at the core of Sarkissian’s artistic practice. “.
The exhibition examines the dates of demise, the architecture of violence, and the possibilities of the photographic medium. It is based on two main commissions: a photographic installation entitled “The Last Appearance” /2018-2021/ commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation and “A Small Apple” /2021-2022/ commissioned by Bonnefantin. It also includes an extensive collection. Among the artist’s main works since 2006, including “Unfinished” and “Between Between” (both 2006), “Execution Grounds” (2008), and “The Last Flight” (2017-2019).
In conjunction with the exhibition in Sharjah, Sarkissian’s first book, edited by Omar Khalif and Theodore Ringborg, and includes articles and contributions from Hoor Al Qasimi and Marianne Hirsch (Professor at Columbia University), Hana Feldman (Associate Professor at Northwestern University) and Todd Reese (Writer and Architect) and Valie Mahluji/curator will be published. and psychoanalyst.
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