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.
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 the Istanbul Biennial (2009), the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2008), the Bluecoat Gallery, 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). His work is included in the collection of the Sharjah Art Foundation, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena, Italy, and the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Creation, Paris, France.
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