La Dernière Photo (The Last Photo)

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La Dernière Photo (The Last Photo)

1,200.00

Monoprint (one of a kind). 22”x30”.

Monotype , linoleum carving, etching, photocopy lithography and wood

This particular print is an homage to the very last family photo in our possession. My grandparents are sitting with my great uncle behind them; my father and aunt are standing. The child on my grandfather’s laps did not survive.

“Standing Witness: Remembering Armenia” is a large series of monotypes that explore my relation to the Armenian Genocide, my upbringing and my identity. It combine a multitude of printmaking techniques to create rich and colorful layers, each one contributing a part of the story.

I started by creating pencil drawings using two sources: one from the few photos that had been taken of my dad, aunt, and the children at the orphanage both in Greece and in Switzerland and one where I worked with models to re-create the disappeared parents.

In addition to being a beautiful country of rich and ancient history, Armenia is also the country where my father was born the year of the Genocide by the Turks (1915). My grandfather died in 1920 and my grandmother, with a bible as sole luggage, escaped to Greece with her children. A week later, her entire village was massacred. My father and aunt, the only surviving children, were sent to an orphanage in Switzerland where they spent the rest of their lives. My family’s miraculous escape and life in exile as well as the many stories I was told as a child lead me to grow an unwavering awareness of the world’s condition and commitment to the plight of refugees.

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