Long ago, and not true anyway
Mekhitar Garabedian was born in Syria and is currently living in Belgium whilst his origin is Armenian. Within his oeuvre, he interrogates processes of subject formation and the place of the individual in a contemporary world shaped by migration and diaspora. He examines the ruptures caused by migration using diverse media, tracing a hauntology of its effects in the present, and in a related way, how the linguistic realm structures our psyche and position in the world. Just as his personal diasporic history is layered, Garabedian’s work echoes with a multiplicity of references to literature, music, philosophy and visual arts.
Garabedian was awarded the Ariane de Rothschild Art Prize in 2008. His recent solo exhibition without even leaving, we are already no longer there was presented at SMAK, Ghent, in 2012, and his work has appeared in group exhibitions such as Graphology, The Drawing Room, London, 2012, curated_by, Vienna, 2011, Kunsthaus Dresden, 2012, and Haifa Mediterranean Biennale, 2010.
Garabedian is currently engaged as an artistic researcher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK/School of art), University College Ghent.