without even leaving, we are already no longer there

on February 18, 2012  • 

Hayasa students visited the exhibition of Armenian artist Mekhitar Garabedian in S.M.A.K. center in Gent. We spent nice time in a Gent city center, had a walk around and met the master himself.

S.M.A.K. presents the first museum solo exhibition of the Syrian born and Belgian based Mekhitar Garabedian (1977, Aleppo). The exhibition consists of various works from the last five years, several new productions and a first look at Garabedian’s ‘library’. In his work, Garabedian examines the position of the individual and the development of identity in contemporary society shaped by migratory movements. Using widely divergent media, he examines how the rupture caused by migration continues to determine the present and how multilingualism shapes the position and psyche of the migrant. Just as his personal history is layered, Garabedian’s discourse reveals numerous references to literature, music, philosophy and the visual arts.

Mekhitar Garabedian is affiliated to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, University College Ghent since 2009, where he is working on a PhD in the visual arts.

Here you can enjoy the photos of our meeting.


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