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Library (Mesrob)

Library (Mesrob), 2006 - Mekhitar Garabedian

Library (Mesrob), 2006

Mekhitar Garabedian  

Work on paper, Mixed Media
40 x 30 cm / 15.75 x 11.81 inch
Edition of 25 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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  • Medium: Ink and marker on paper
  • This work is unframed
  • Pick up at / ships in 5 to 10 business days from Brusselms (BE)
  • Comes with a copy of the publication Happy When It Rains
  • This work qualifies for the interest-free loan with Kunst Aan Zet

about this work

Library (Mesrob), 2006 combines an image of (Saint) Mesrob Mashtots, the inventor of the Armenian alphabet with a page from Arnold Toynbee’s Armenian Atrocities, The Murder of a Nation (published in 1915), of which all the lines but one have been erased with a black marker by the artist. Library (Mesrob), 2006 brings together the themes of language in diaspora and that of hauntology, the presence of unresolved histories in the present.

Library (Mesrob), 2006 comes with a copy of Mekhitar Garabedian's publication Happy When It Rains


about Mekhitar Garabedian

Deploying very diverse media such as drawing, video, photography and installations, many of Mekhitar Garabedianʼs works draw from his experience as an immigrant and play on the humour and poetic qualities he finds between languages, cultures and histories. Just as his personal diasporic history is layered, his work echoes with a multiplicity of references to literature, music, philosophy and visual arts.

Over the past years Mekhitar Garabedian has had several solo shows, including S.M.A.K., Ghent; BOZAR, Brussels; KIOSK, Ghent; and BE-Part, Waregem. His work has appeared in group exhibitions such as Armenity/Hayoutioun, National Pavilion of The Republic of Armenia, Venice Biennale 2015 (awarded with the Golden Lion); Between the Pessimism of the Intellect and the Optimism of the Will, Thessaloniki Biennale 2015; Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York; Excitable Speech: West (curated by Adam Budak), Kerstin Engholm Gallery, Vienna; andGraphology, The Drawing Room, London.

Mekhitar Garabedian is currently affiliated with KASK/School of Arts, Ghent, as a postdoctoral researcher and guest professor Installation and Media art.

Mekhitar Garabedian is represented by the following gallery;
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Albert Baronian Gallery, Brussels

You can view more work on Mekhitar Garabedians’ own website.

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