Pages From My Diary
Installation, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 1990
Barsamian has a journey to always question the actions of a powerful authority and their deeds of destruction against a powerless group of people.
This is Barsamian’s first Armenian Genocide installation at Conduit Gallery. It set the tone of all the work that follows. Bright colors of blue lapis, red and oranges with elements of wood, water and fire. Displaying an allegorical aspect of symbolism: the terror of horsemen thundering through small villages rounding up Armenians from their homes… Death marches through the desert to Aleppo. Priests mutilated. Faith shaken.
Robert Barsamian has the hope that political, ancestral art has a place in the world to engender the question of why and how this happens.