PASSAGE by Alexandra Karakashian
Constructed by South African artist, Alexandra Karakashian, PASSAGE is a site-specific installation located in the East Wing Lobby of Somerset House. The project is thematically rooted in Karakashian’s ongoing exploration of her family history, particularly their escape from the Armenian Genocide of 1915, migration south through the African continent, and eventual settling in Johannesburg, South Africa. PASSAGE highlights societies’ relationship to ‘landscape’ and ‘place’ while confronting binaries of ‘black’ and ‘white’ against a backdrop of ‘natural’ tones that reference South Africa’s complex history and the artist’s own understanding of racial discrimination both locally and abroad. Through engagement with these concerns, Karakashian reflects on current issues at the forefront of Euro-African relations, such as exile, migration and ecological crises.
Alexandra Karakashian (b.1988, Johannesburg) graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, in 2015. She continues to live and work in Cape Town. This special project is supported by SMAC Gallery, South Africa.
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