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Rajak Ohanian, Alep 1915, Témoignages…

This documentary produced in 2023 by Vartan Ohanian from video, sound and photographic archives, addresses the work of Rajak Ohanian (1933-2023) through his most personal photographic series, Aleppo 1915, Testimonies…, initiated in 2005- 2006 with a six-month stay in Aleppo, where his father, a survivor of the Armenian genocide, was taken into an orphanage.

Echoing the return to family and historical memory undertaken twenty years earlier by his father, Vartan Ohanian paints an intimate portrait of Rajak Ohanian's artistic approach and the cultural heritage transmitted over generations.

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— September 2023


Proposal by Lélia Martin-Lirot

This journey brings together ephemeral works, with precarious conditions of existence, sometimes even doomed to disappearance. Whether they are in situ or performative interventions, tangible objects, tenuous or more monumental gestures, these evolutionary works provide, in their production processes or materials, both their own conditions of appearance and erasure, exhaustion, or even their potential destruction. Using recycling procedures and savings of means, the artists here cause transitory situations and produce unstable forms, in equilibrium suspended in the environment that receives them. By challenging the notions of collection and conservation, they assume a form of impermanence of the work, even if they risk its invisibility.

— List of the mentioned artists :

  • Linda Sanchez
  • Bruno Yvonnet
  • Jan Kopp
  • Marion Robin
  • Mathias Tujague
  • Antoine Palmier-Reynaud
  • Guillaume Perez
  • Émilie Perotto
  • Bruno Silva
  • Olivier Nottellet
  • Bertrand Grosol
  • Gaëlle Foray
  • Benedetto Bufalino
  • Perrine Lacroix
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Since 2010, Documents d’Artistes Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes has developed an online documentary collection dedicated to the work of visual artists and designers of the territory. A tool for knowledge of contemporary creation, the site represents the works of more than a hundred artists, enriching each year with new digital publications accessible to all audiences. The work of web publishing is completed by actions of diffusion, communication and professional accompaniment of the artists in the duration.

  • 102 Artists

    whose work
    is documented
    on the website

  • 28 640 Images

    reproductions of works,
    exhibition views...

  • 410 Videos

    artists' films,

  • 815 Texts

    writings of artists,
    critical texts,