Ink and marker on paper
40 × 30 cm
Edition of 25 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
This edition comes with a copy of Mekhitar Garabedian's publication Happy When It Rains.
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.
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.