Photographs of Tattoos of A Transgenerational Trauma by Tamar Sarkissian

Tamar Sarkissian
Tamar Sarkissian

«Un traumatisme transgénérationnel»

“A transgenerational trauma” is the latest work released by a french photographer of Armenian origin Tamar Sarkissian on the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, through which she describes the changes that have occurred in her family due to the atrocities of the Ottoman empire against the Armenian population. Her photos will be shown from 26 September to 1st of October in Alfortville Paris at Le 148 – Espace Culturel, event titled ” Mémoire sans temps, l’Arménie…” “Memory without time, Armenia …” organized by the Mayor of Alfortville  with the APAF (Artistes Plasticiens Arméniens De France) collective of 15 artists.
Tamar Sarkissian has taken photos of her body covered in Tattoos, describing the sufferings of the Armenian people, through the stories of her own family, and in an effort to also acknowledge the pain of young Armenian Girls who were forcely tattooed by bedouins in the same manner that they tattooed their cattles.

Tamar Sarkissian is a photo-journalist, with an artistic flair. Born in Marseille, France, where she also studied photography, she has worked in Paris as a photographer, and is a professional specializing in conventional black & white photography. She has collaborated for many years with Dominique Issermann, photographer.
After living many years in Armenia and Montreal, she actually lives and creates in Marseille.

Previous Exhibitions :
– March 2010, Yerevan, Armenia : “Ombres Dévoilées”
– July 2010, Montréal, Canada : “Ombres Dévoilées”
– December 2011, Yerevan, Armenia : “Which way home?”
– Novembre 2012, Toronto, Canada : Exposition Collective
– Octobre – Décembre 2013, Montréal, Canada : “Des moments de la vie”

1915 – 2015 Triptych 1 (English Version).

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“The Bedouins have tattooed our faces with blue ink in a way to not be identified as Armenians girls”

1/3 “The Bedouins have tattooed our faces with blue ink in a way to not be identified as Armenians girls.

Text on the picture :
On face : Maternal last name Before 1915 – Koulikian / After 1915 – Tavitian / After 1968 – TawitianPaternal last Name: Before 1915 Giragossian After 1915 Kaghagzian – After 1966 – SarkissianArmenia / Sasun / DeurtyolFrance / Syria / Lebanon
On the bust : Armenian text : Koulikian Giragossian – Kaghagzian Tavitian Sarkissian – 1915, Genocide Extermination, Exodus, Pain, Crime, Survivors, Exile, Survivor, Tears, Mourning, Reconstruction, Diaspora,Recognition of the Genocide, Fighting denial, Trauma, Commemoration, Justice,Transmission of Tradition, Language, History, Knowledge, Do not forget, Do not disappear, Fighting without hate.

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“A transgenerational trauma”

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We were born from a gaping wound on our skin, and deep inside our bowels “a transgenerational trauma”.
Most of us could not inherit the family name of our ancestors. Some people, like me, were able to know which province they were from, (Sasun from my father’s side and Deurtyol from my mother’s side), and were able to have information about their origins and learned how their ancestors were able to survive the Genocide. However for others, their family tree starts from their great-grandparents and grandparents, without knowing when and where they were born and how they became survivors.
1915 – 2015

During this year of the Armenian Genocide centenary commemorations, the relationship between Armenia and Turkey has reached an impasse, and it is complex because it includes historical, identity, geopolitical and economic factors. But is this a reason to mix up the State and civil society in Turkey?Personalities, intellectuals, artists, and average citizens, with Turkish origin and nationality, are also fighting for the Armenian Genocide recognition.Recognition by knowledge!We should continue to share our history, our culture and our traditions. We should continue this fight in the name of the historical truth, neither with weapons of hatred, nor with the tears of the victims.
We are alive !!!

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” I am Armenian I’m alive”

3/3 I am Armenian
I’m alive

“I was struck by the openness and freedom of Jean ‘s* view on Turkey. Finally I heard someone saying: “I would dream of seeing Armenian and Turkish youth sitting at the same table to trace the paths of reconciliation in order to build the future together.” Hrant Dink, Turkish- Armenian journalist and writer 1954 – 2007*Jean Kéhayan, French – Armenian journalist and writer.

Tamar Sarkissian is a photo-journalist, with an artistic flair. She is born in Marseille, France, where she also studied photography.
She then worked in Paris as a photographer, but also as a laboratory professional specializing in conventional black & white photography. She then collaborated for many years with Dominique Issermann, photographer.
After living many years in Armenia and Montreal, she actually lives and creates in Marseille.

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