Hrair Sarkissian

Syria 1973. Lives and works in London.

Hrair Sarkissian draws on the subjectivity stemming from his personal memories and background to navigate larger stories that are marginalised or forgotten by official histories. He had a solo exhibition at Darat al Funun in 2013, and his work was part of several other exhibitions.

"I use photography as a way to tell stories that are not immediately visible on the surface. Photography is my tool to search for answers related to my personal memories and background, and I use this subjectivity as a way to navigate larger stories that official histories are unable or unwilling to tell.

Once people become aware of the invisible elements behind my work, the physicality of the image is almost destroyed. The architecture and surroundings of the execution squares are no more than a backdrop when you see the bodies hanging in your mind; the faces upon which the zebiba is imprinted are no longer individuals; the still darkness of the libraries becomes loaded once you realize what historical complexities these archives cover."

-Hrair Sarkissian