This work in 15 paintings follows the Armenian Genocide, from the beginning to the fight for its recognition, at the heart of the work.
The collective memories of Armenians are slowly fading away to make room for a more local memory and to a rebirth that is finally possible.
October 1 - 30, 2015 Exhibit at the Université de Moncton Champlain Library 415 Université Ave, Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
“Arménie : souvenirs d’outre-mémoire” is where archival photographic evidence of the Armenian Genocide and my work as a painter and artist come together. It is the meeting place of a return to the roots of an inspiration buried in the deepest parts of the Armenian collective memory. Subconsciously, my art has always drawn from a certain imaginary real-life image experience and historic memory.
From the heartbreaking revelation of the genocide to an awareness of a particular identity, from the distance established by integration to the almost immediate proximity created by this revelation, in order for culture to survive and not fall into oblivion.
Beyond the use of strong images specifically from Armenia, but treating the genocide in a genuinely universal way, the art will prevail over the evidence and will attempt to show how creative research can take the lead on this memory rooted in the hearts of all Armenians.
War and Peace
Garen Bedrossian (Canada)
October 1 - 30, 2015 Exhibit at the Dieppe Arts and Culture Centre 331 Acadie Ave, Dieppe, NB E1A 0G3
Death, Sacrifice and Erasure Garen Bedrossian’s paintings and sculptures have always been built around the relations between Nature and Culture. They question the relationship we entertain with our environment and the artist always places his representation of the body in a maelstrom of colors that seem to imprison and paralyze it. 330 years before Christ, Aristotle had said that it is part of man’s unique character, compared to other animals, to have a sense of right and wrong, of just and unjust, and other moral concepts, and that it is these shared sentiments within a community that give birth to family and city. Yet, since the dawn of time, people have not stopped wanting to dominate and destroy their neighbours. We do not need to remind this fact especially to Armenians, who have been fighting for a century, so that the memory of this tragedy does not get erased. Forgetting is worse than death. The duty of memory is the basis of our history and our future growth. It is such a duty of memory that Garen Bedrossian takes at task in his latest paintings. The question posed is one of erasure. The artist has invited an organized society in the animal kingdom, bees to be precise, to gradually erase his paintings until the works completely disappear under a layer of brown wax. The artist first made a series of small paintings measuring 51cm x 51cm composed of bright spots of color evoking flowers as well as human skulls, all departed souls.
Then he placed them in bee hives. Gradually the bees ended up covering them with their own waxwork. The method employed by Garen Bedrossian is reminiscent of the famous Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer who makes violent interventions on photographs of corpses (Venice Biennale, 1980), funerary masks or his own face in the series entitled Face-Farces. The two artists talk about death and memory through the erasure of the image. As opposed to Rainer, Garen Bedrossian’s approach has a gentle touch of irony with the paintings worked on by a species itself endangered.
In effect, bee mortality rates have soared explosively in recent years causing widespread fears in the harvest of many foods that depend on the pollinating effect of these little winged workers. Our crops are hence dependent, to some extent, upon bees. But we are partly responsible for their disappearance because of the disastrous effect our actions have had on the environment. Jonathan Littell exposed this same paradox in his novel The Kindly Ones (2006). Its main character, a Nazi officer, lamented the low food rations reserved for prisoners in labor camps because they would not allow for their survival. This resulted in a decline in productivity making it insufficient to support the war effort. In a way, their genocide would lead to his side’s loss. Garen Bedrossian paintings covered with beeswax aim to remind us that we all depend on each other. And that the disappearance of some does not lead to the victory of others. On the contrary. Eric Devlin
Installation in diptych – evolving digital moving image and video, 2011
Alina Mnatsakanian (Switzerland) media arts
October 1 - 30, 2015 An exhibit twinned with a print exhibit by 3rd year students of the U de M Fine Arts Department at the Gallery Triangle Pavillon des Beaux Arts, 12 Allée des Arts, Moncton, NB
One person died is an installation in two parts that addresses human atrocities unpunished and unrecognized; acceptation of the crime being the only way of redemption.
Every day, in the news, a large number of people are declared dead: 50 in an attack, 4000 in a massacre, 1.5 million in a Genocide... These victims are not simple numbers. Each one of them is a unique and valuable being, regardless of his place of origin. One person died is dedicated to each one of these victims, especially those of genocides, be it Rwandan, Kosovar, Khmer, Jewish, Indian or Armenian. The installation offers visitors a moment of reflection on a universal subject that speaks of life and its value.
With the help of an algorithm, the phrase “One person died” repeats itself in different sizes and colors. The configuration changes constantly, but the phrase stays unchanged. A digital counter registers the number of repetition. Once the number reaches 1.5 million, the the counter restarts. 1.5 million is in reference to the number of victimes of the Armenian genocide of the beginning of the 20th century. Programming: Laurent Novac, HE-Arc ingénierie
October 1 - 10, 2015 Exhibit at the room 001B of the Université de Moncton Fine Arts Faculty Pavillon des Beaux Arts, 12 Allée des Arts, Moncton, NB
Photo-Historiographie of the Armenian Genocide
October 1 - 30, 2015 Archival Photographs Exhibit (Armenian Genocide Museum in Erevan) at the Université de Moncton Champlain Library. 415 Université Ave, Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
Editorial cartoons and the Armenian Genocide in the headlines of period newspapers on the international scene
October 1 - 30, 2015 Exhibit of archival documents (Erevan Armenian Genocide Museum) at the Université de Moncton Champlain Library. 415 Université Ave, Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
Exhibition of recently published books and reference books on the Armenian genocide
October 1 - 30, 2015 Exhibition of recently published books and reference books in French and in English on the Armenian genocide and related themes as well as on the Armenian history and culture at the Université de Moncton Champlain Library. 415 Université Ave, Moncton, NB E1A 3E9