RADIO YEREVAN

A project about generational memory transmission and national identity. As a half-Armenian growing up in Estonia, it was common to encounter images of Mount Ararat on the walls of Armenian family friends. The mountain serves as one of the pillars of Armenian national identity, and this is even more true for the diaspora, which was formed largely after the Armenian Genocide, when the western part of Armenia, together with Ararat, was lost to Turkey. While being familiar with the mountain from images, it is still difficult to relate to it, even though it feels like I should. For an Armenian-themed exhibition in Berlin, we set up a photo studio in which people could photograph themselves with the mountain. People interacting with the image of the mountain brought forth my own strange detachment from what the image depicts, the ‘real’ mount Ararat.

Date:

2011

Client:

Group exhibition / In association with Ivo Gretener