Through his photographs Hrair Sarkissian portrays a quiet, depopulated and somewhat eerie landscape of Karabakh.
“Once visited by these terminal patients, these places aren’t just places anymore, they turn into monuments,” artist Hrair Sarkissian said of his Last Scene project.
Following the attempts of three Azerbaijani officials to remove photographs from the Armenian Pavilion at the 6th Beijing International Art Biennale (BIAB) last month, the special exhibit, Dreamscapes, now stands edited from its original presentation by its curator and the biennale’s organizers, who took down one work and a number of wall labels.
LONDON — “Nagorno” is a Russian word for “mountain,” while “Karabakh” is a word of Turkic and Persian origin meaning “black garden.” When joined by a hyphen, the two words denote the boiling point of the Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed enclave — one of post-Soviet Europe’s “frozen conflicts” — that doubles as a mountainous graveyard.
MIAMI BEACH — “There’s a lot of product going on here,” I heard a woman say into her cell phone at the mega-art fair Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. Indeed, $3 billion worth of art is being offered for sale this year, according to the event’s organizers.