2017 - Ongoing
My work, wavering between collage and photography illustrates the constant dichotomy of my vision of the world. The topics I approach as well as my practice are fed by the binary influence of a childhood in a multicultural household. Orchestrating a discussion between Armenia and France, I feed an exquisite cadaver narrating my story while resonating with my artistic influences. Involving both my background and elements of my current life, I weave a visual tapestry of my surroundings and aim at offering a complete and subtle visual universe in which occident and orient coexist smoothly.
My images approach a wide range of topics while being very focused on religion, spirituality, and mystical matters.
Difficult task, I aim to illustrate -little known- Armenian humor as accurately as possible, hence inviting a playful tone in my images.
Most of my images involve women of my family.
Cousins, aunts, grandmothers are celebrated in a playful setting, putting on them -at last- the light they deserve. Going back and forth between collage and photography I play with the idea of illustrating the magic or the ungraspable. In an constantly evolving practice I like to renew the tools used to narrate my story and twist the truth here and there, the same way time distorts my memory. Almost illustrating the tales we heard when we were kids I have now room to embellish some stories or rewrite the ones that made us sad. Constantly changing the background I force the stories and its characters to travel, the same way my family did, renewing again and again the setting we were evolving in. From all these changes one memory remains brighter than the others: the tapestry in my room at my grandmother's house.
Every layer of my collages becomes a period of my life, a person met, a language spoken, a place we lived in or a mood I was in.
More than ever in a global context of identity confusion and political blur I believe it is essential to celebrate our different origins and focus our practice on the foundation of our identity, whether it is as human or artist, and on an individual or collective scale. I am proud to illustrate, through my work, the wealth of a cultural migration and bring a little bit of Armenia on an artistic scene that seems to have given the cold shoulder to this part of the world for too long now.