100
years
100
arts
mission
The Armenian Genocide has left an irreversible trace in our history and in our spirits and the reflection of grief, yearning, hope is woven in chain in the Armenian fine arts. When human languages is powerless to express what happened in 1915, the language of art does have the power to do so. Different generations of Armenian famous artists have continuously addressed the great iniquity and the artworks dedicated to the Armenian Genocide have always had their unique places in their art. Armenian artists greatly contributed to the global acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide thought their art. Many of these works have been exhibited to public but even more of them are unknown till today.
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100 years
CULTURAL GENOCIDE
Acts and measures undertaken to destroy the culture of a nation or an ethnic group is called "cultural genocide". Many facts prove that simultaneous with the massacres and deportation of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, the government of the Young Turks masterminded and implemented systematic destruction of the material testimonies of the Armenian civilization.
THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
A genocide is the organized extermination of a nation aiming to put an end to their collective existence. The extermination of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and the surrounding regions during 1915-1923 is called the Armenian Genocide. Those massacres were masterminded and perpetrated by the government of Young Turks and were later finalized by the Kemalist government.
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100 arts
The anguish of the Armenian Genocide, which is being reborn with every Armenian, has its own reflection in the Armenian fine arts. Many Armenian well known artists have created artworks both in Armenia and in Diaspora that are the speaking witness of the Armenian great pain, loss and yearning. These artworks are also ode to the Armenian viable genes, will power of giving birth, living and creation. Genocide is the type of crime that does have any expiration date. Human speech is sometimes powerless in expressing those things that are possible to express only through art. These 100 artworks will continuously tell the world about the unhealed wound of the Armenian, millions of innocent victims, demolished heartlands, bowed churches, lost homeland and infinite belief. The power of art is undeniable and artworks are eternal.
Artist:
Souren Safaryan
Title:
Beyond Ararat, 1988
Location:
Artist's Family Collection
Artist: Souren Safaryan
Title: Beyond Ararat, 1988
Location: Artist's Family Collection
Suren Safaryan touches upon the history destiny of the Armenian nation. This canvas is one of those works that compiles the elements of dynamic forms and fargeskala elements. The canvas is based on the artist’s reflections on the destiny of the Armenian nation and its future.
Artist:
Annette Gurdjian
Title:
Figure Sobbing, 1995-s
Location:
Artist's Collection
Artist: Annette Gurdjian
Title: Figure Sobbing, 1995-s
Location: Artist's Collection
Annette Gurdjian: "The piece is painted over photographs of my father's family planting a tree at their first home in the United States after arriving from Turkey. The painting symbolizes the pain of leaving one's ancestral home juxtaposed with the symbol of setting roots in a new and different land."
Artist:
Sahak Poghosyan
Title:
Silecne of My Grandmother's Eyes, 2015
Location:
Artist's Collection
Artist: Sahak Poghosyan
Title: Silecne of My Grandmother's Eyes, 2015
Location: Artist's Collection
Nazaret Karoyan (Аrt critic): "Genocide therefore, was mostly a technological program and action. As such, it did not imply the sheer destruction of a group of people, the removal of all that related to their everyday life: eating (towel, table cloth, napkins), sleeping (tick, blankets, sheets), intimacy, dreams, all those open and secret subjects of everyday life that Bourdieu called habitus. The operation was not only directed to the destruction of the reproductive organs of a human collectivity, an entire race, but also the elimination of all signs, thus making impossible mourning itself and the words of mourning.

Sahak Poghosyan, by addressing genocide, deals with this situation. The point is not that there are no stories in this situation, but that it is impossible to talk, as such, about them. The painter seems to portray their weak whispers that eventually become silence by enmeshing the linear clearness and color brightness of fabrics and trimmings with a coating of paraffin."
Artist:
Jansem (Hovhannes Semerdjian)
Title:
Massacre Bleu, 1999
Location:
Armenian Genocide Museum - Institute, Yerevan
Artist: Jansem (Hovhannes Semerdjian)
Title: Massacre Bleu, 1999
Location: Armenian Genocide Museum - Institute, Yerevan
The French reviewer Q. Blan wrote about Zhansem: "The lost souls found their shelter with the poet-artist. He passed to the canvas what the world couldn’t see. Zhansem’s paintings are the memory of the entire Armenian nation."
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shared arts
Artist:
Adriana Angolian
Artist: Adriana Angolian
Live Memory, 1994
Artist:
Adriana Angolian
Artist: Adriana Angolian
Gold Universe, 2016
Artist:
Khoren Der Harootian
Artist: Khoren Der Harootian
Ani (bronze), 1963
Artist:
Alexander Sadoyan
Artist: Alexander Sadoyan
Immigration
Artist:
Alexander Sadoyan
Artist: Alexander Sadoyan
Untitled
Artist:
Levon Fljyan
Artist: Levon Fljyan
Our Ancestors-2 (from Pixel 2 project), 2012
Artist:
Kaloust Guedel
Artist: Kaloust Guedel
All Men are Created Alike, 2003
Artist:
Zareh
Artist: Zareh
Turkish Soup Made with Armenian Bones, 1998
Artist:
Zareh
Artist: Zareh
Artist:
Arthur Lazaryan
Artist: Arthur Lazaryan
Never Again
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