Ashough the Storyteller

Installation, Tyler Museum of Art, 1992

Barsamian hones his symbolic imagery of the Armenian Genocide in his Tyler Museum of Art installation. 

 

Using elements from “Pages from My Diary” art installation and adding new elements to the Tyler Museum installation, the overall initial impression is elegant and peaceful.  The Armenian Lapis Blue painted walls float off the floor and the deep color makes the interior subdued.  It is in this moment of calm and reflection the horrific message of elimination via posted telegrams from the powerful young Turks to systematically eliminate the entirety of the Armenian population is shown.  His building blocks of vibrant color and allegorical imagery continues with wolf paintings and the continued use of black and white to portray the innocent people and a culture that was lost

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