20.09.2019–19.10.2019 fig. a, a comme alphabet valerie_traan gallery

Mekhitar Garabedian

This series of works is based on exercises made while learning the Armenian alphabet. The repeated letters form patterns which, while recognisable as signs, remain incomprehensible to non-Armenians. This documentation of a learning-moment relates to the loss of the mother tongue experienced through migration in general, and specifically by the Armenians living in the diaspora. Exile reduces the old language to a corpse. At the same time Garabedian is exploring the relation between signifiers and signified, comprehension and incomprehension.
(Courtesy the artist and Baronian Xippas)


20.09.2019 | 4-9pm