Artist: Khoren Der-Harootian
Title: Kerasun (Giresun), The Buttom of Yeprat, 1961
Location: National Gallery of Armenian, Yerevan
The Armenians, who survived the Armenian Genocide, were scattered all over the world thus becoming the bases of creation of the huge Armenian Diaspora. The Armenian artists, Khoren Ter-Harootian among them, who survived the Genocide, living, studying, working and almost inhabiting in the diaspora never stopped keeping the connection with his motherland, raising the genetic connection of being Armenian in the arts, ignoring the fact of living far from the motherland.
Kerasun (Giresun) is an ancient harbor city in Turkey where 200 Armenian families used to inhabit before the Genocide. In 1915 the Armenians were subjected to forced displacement from their inhabitants and most of them fell victims of the Genocide. This work is one of those several works created by the artist-sculptor Ter-Harootian, where the horror of death is revealed, The soul and body of the Armenian nation having seen the tribulation.