Publisher:
Kehrer

Ara Oshagan - displaced - Bildersturm Blog
© Ara Oshagan by courtesy of Kehrer
Ara Oshagan - displaced - Bildersturm Blog
© Ara Oshagan by courtesy of Kehrer
Ara Oshagan - displaced - Bildersturm Blog
© Ara Oshagan by courtesy of Kehrer
Ara Oshagan - displaced - Bildersturm Blog
© Ara Oshagan by courtesy of Kehrer

Photographer Ara Oshagan and author Krikor Beledian grew up in Beirut’s Armenian communities formed by refugees and survivors of genocide. They came of age in families and streets fraught with the collective memory of extreme violence and dispossession. Both left Beirut decades ago and now return, carrying their own histories of displacement, to immerse them-selves in its fractured urbanscape.

Oshagan wades through the spaces and narrow neighborhoods of his past to create dark and lyrical photographs that straddle the line between documentary and narrative: an attempt to articulate his own ambiguous relationship to place and history. While Beledian, the preeminent author of the Armenian diaspora, drawing from his decades-long research and several novels about these communities, pens an original and poetic semi-autobiographical text based on his own youth in the same spaces.

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Ara Oshagan - displaced - Bildersturm Blog
© Ara Oshagan by courtesy of Kehrer
Ara Oshagan - displaced - Bildersturm Blog
© Ara Oshagan by courtesy of Kehrer
Ara Oshagan - displaced - Bildersturm Blog
© Ara Oshagan by courtesy of Kehrer
Ara Oshagan - displaced - Bildersturm Blog
© Ara Oshagan by courtesy of Kehrer
Ara Oshagan - displaced - Bildersturm Blog

Book Specs: displaced by Ara Oshagan published by Kehrer 2021 | Artist: Ara Oshagan | Texts: Krikor Beledian | Design: Kehrer Design (Lisa Drechsel) | Hardcover | 19 x 25 cm |160 pages | 58 duotone illustrations | Armenian, English | ISBN 978-3-96900-014-4. Available here.


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Ara Oshagan (b. 1964) is an image-based multi-disciplinary artist, who is interested in disrupted and marginalized communities and identity. Oshagan has published two books of photography and created multiple critically-acclaimed public art installations, projects and exhibitions. His work has been exhibited worldwide and presented at the International Center of Photography, New York, TEDx Yerevan, among others. displaced is the third canto of a trilogy of work by Oshagan about diaspora.

Krikor Beledian (b. 1945) born in Beirut, Lebanon, is widely regarded as the most important poet writing in Western Armenian. A prolific novelist, essayist, and literary critic, he is the author of more than 30 volumes that have been published in the Middle East, Europe, Armenia, and the United States. He now lives in Paris. displaced is the first major literary work by Krikor Beledian to appear in English.

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