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Farrah Karapetian

Farrah Karapetian Building Dwelling Thinking

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Farrah Karapetian Building Dwelling Thinking Exhibition Views

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Narratives associated with unrest have long motivated Karapetian as an artist, and in 2017, she has been trying to build herself out of a state of demoralization, into a new understanding of the politics of space and the role of participation and exchange in politics. She began considering the relationship between flags and territory. Flags and walls signify territory, serving as political devices for separation. On the other hand, walls provide shelter; on a personal level and a political level, the artist recognizes the need for both a building and a dismantling of walls. Karapetian began to explore this concept by creating sculptural negatives out of rebar in the shape of cinderblocks. She limited the palette of light on the photograms of these blocks to red, white, and blue. She then built and unbuilt the blocks through multiple iterations of photogram on film and paper. The photograms that result from this process are as beautiful as they are thoughtful, with a naturally diversified palette, sometimes like a rainbow. As David Pagel described in the Los Angeles Times, Karapetian’s work gives viewers “plenty to look at and even more to wonder about, [making] a virtue of uncertainty.”

 

 

Farrah Karapetian Relief Exhibition 2016

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Farrah Karapetian Relief Exhibition Views

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Farrah Karapetian New Works

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Farrah Karapetian Stagecraft Exhibition 2015

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Farrah Karapetian Stagecraft Exhibition Views

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Farrah Karapetian Selected Works

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Farrah Karapetian

Farrah Karapetian makes photography physical. Her large-scale, vibrant, camera-less photographs are produced using constructed negatives, or handmade props, the artist fabricates in transparent materials to infuse unexpected texture and volume into otherwise flat, opaque shadows. Karapetian's work usually intersects with public and political spheres. The concerns of previous series span war veterans, Egyptian protestors and stagecraft. The through line for Karapetian is the need to filter public imagery by deconstructing the act of looking and rebuilding it as personal, somatic and expressive photographic practice.

Karapetian was born in Marin, CA, in 1978. She received a BA from Yale and an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include Synthesize, MOCA Jacksonville (2017); Light Play: Experiments in Photography, 1970 to the Present, LACMA (2017); and A Matter of Memory, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY (2016). Her work is included in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Collection, and illustrated in Charlotte Cotton’s Photography is Magic, published by Aperture (2015). The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

 

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Farrah Karapetian Publication

 

Farrah Karapetian
Stagecraft

Interview: Megan Heuer

Publisher:
Von Lintel Gallery,
Los Angeles
2015

56 pages

$20


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