An exhibition titled “Armenity”, one of many on display until October 18, is taking place at International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia near the Mekhitarist Monastery on St Lazarus Island in Venice, Italy. The Exhibition is in participation of many artists of Armenian Origin, Desendants of Survivers of the Armenian Genocide. The event is organized by Adelina Von Furstenberg.
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.