The sense of serenity of public squares photographed in the early hours belies an ominous reality in Execution Squares (2008), a series of photographs by Hrair Sarkissian that were presented in the exhibition Disorientation II.
b. 1973, Damascus, Syria
Lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
In Sarkissian’s work, landscape and the urban environment become stages for the expression of historical realities, where human presence is implied but never overtly depicted. Employing traditional documentary techniques, his photographs are eloquent expressions of a hidden paradox that exists between the beauty and constancy of the surroundings and the social realities that they conceal. Sarkissian’s work has been included in numerous regional and international exhibitions including Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; FotoMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium (all 2013); SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey (2011); Tate Modern, London, UK (2011); Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan (2011); the Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece (2010); Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2009), the Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2009); The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK (2008); The Young Arab Theatre Fund’s Festival in Syria and Jordan (2005), and the Recontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, France (2004).
21.11.09 – 20.02.10
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Curated by Sharjah Art Foundation President Hoor Al Qasimi
14.11.11 – 15.01.12
Collections Building, Arts Area, Heart of Sharjah