Hrair Sarkissian and Kostis Velonis

Refusing to Be Still, 21, 39 5th Edition
Curated by Vassilis Oikonomopoulos
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
07 Feb - 05 May 2018

Hrair Sarkissian

OUTPOSTS: Global boundaries and national borders at Glucksman, University College Cork, Ireland. 
Opening 30 November 2017at the Glucksman, University College Cork

Hrair Sarkissian

Negotiating the Future
2017 Asian Art Biennal, Taiwan
30 September 2017 - 25 February 2018

Hrair Sarkissian



Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Massachusetts

Curated by Lisa Fischman

19 September - 17 December 2017



Hrair Sarkissian


Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon

7 July - 2 October 2017

Twin Galleries, GF


Hrair Sarkissian

Curators: Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga and Jos? Riello 
CentroCentro, Madrid, Spain.
29 September  2016 -  29 January 2017
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Group show "To What End?", Curated by Gülsen Bal & Walter Seidl at Camera Austria, Graz, Austria
26 September - 22 November 2015


Hrair Sarkissian


"To What End?", Curated by
Gülsen Bal & Walter Seidl, Camera Austria Graz, Austria.
27 September –22 November 2015


Hrair Sarkissian


Armenian Special Exhibition                                   
6th Beijing International Art Biennale 2015
Organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia
Curated by Anna Gargarian
National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Beijing
24 September - 16 October 2015

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Aikaterini Gegisian and Hrair Sarkissian


Awards of the 56th International Art Exhibition
The Golden Lion for the national pavilion goes to Republic of Armenia for forming a pavilion based on a people in diaspora, each artist engaging their specific locality as well as their heritage. The pavilion took the form of a palimpsest, with contemporary positions inserted into a site of historic preservation. In a year that witnesses a significant milestone for the Armenian people, this pavilion marks the resilience of trans-cultural confluence and exchanges.


Aikaterini Gegisian and Hrair Sarkissian


Aikaterini Gegisian and Hrair Sarkissian
are exhibiting at the 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia

The National Pavilion of the Republic of Armenia

Armenity Հայություն
Curated by Adelina Cüberyan v. Fürstenberg
Venue: The Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni
Dates: 9 May – 22 November 2015


Hrair Sarkissian

Solo show "Imagined Futures"
at the Mosaic Rooms, London
13 March - 25 April 2015

Hrair Sarkissian


“Too Early, Too Late. Middle East and Modernity”
Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna
22 January – 13 April 2015
Curated by Marco Scotini
Produced by Arte Fiera Collecting
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Hrair Sarkissian


“Sitter” (group show)
Columbus College of Art & Design (USA), Canzani Center Gallery.
22 January – 3 April 2015

Opening reception: Thursday, 22 January, 18.00 - 20.00
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Hrair Sarkissian

"The Space Between" at One Athens
Curated by Olga Hatzidaki and Maria Thalia Karra
2 October - 14 November 2014

Hrair Sarkissian


“Sinus Arabicus”
Works from the Collection of the Sharjah Art Foundation
Former factory 4711 (Barthonia Showroom), Cologne
5 – 28 September 2014


Hrair Sarkissian


“HIWAR - Conversations in Amman” (group show)
Darat Al-Funun, 13 Nadeem al Mallah Street, Jabal al Weibdeh, Amman, Jordan
Opening: 9 November 2013, 18.00-21.30
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Artist Talk:  Hrair Sarkissian in conversation with Vali Mahlouji

Hrair Sarkissian talks about his work shown at Darat al Funun with London based independent curator and writer Vali Mahlouji

Darat al Funun - main Building, 6.30 pm
2 April 2013

Hrair Sarkissian

Solo Exhibition at Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation
Amman, Jordan
Opening: 9 March 2013, 6 - 8 p.m.
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Bidoun Projects presents artist Hrair Sarkissian in conversation with Sheena Wagstaff, Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

Tuesday 12 February 2013, 6:30 – 8pm
The Arts Club
40 Dover St, London


Hrair Sarkissian

Marseille-Provence 2013
European Capital of Culture
Ici, Ailleurs
MuCEM - Musee des Civilisations de lĘEurope
et de la Mediterranee (Esplanade du J4 - boulevard du Littoral -2nd district)
12 January - 31 March 2013

Hrair Sarkissian


7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)

8 December 2012 - 14 April 2013
Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) & Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), Brisbane, Australia

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“Encounter. The Royal Academy in the Middle East”

6 December 2012 - 6 March 2013
Cultural Village Foundation - Katara, Doha, Qatar

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2nd Mardin Biennial: “Double Take”
Curators: Paolo Colombo and Lora Sarıaslan
21 September – 21 October 2012
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Vartan Avakian and Hrair Sarkissian

Winner of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013
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Discussion: “Tracing History” Session
Mori Art Museum & Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art
MAM Pop-Up Mathaf
28 & 29 September 2012


Hrair Sarkissian, Raed Yassin (Atfal Ahdath) and Vartan Avakian (Atfal Ahdath)

Arab Express: The Latest Art from the Arab World
Mori Art Museum,  53F Ropponngi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo
16 June - 28 October 2012

All eyes are now on the contemporary artists of the Arab world.

From lifestyles to identity, the rapidly transforming Arab world possesses a diversity of cultures that cannot be overstated. And the traditions, religion, customs and aesthetics that constitute that diversity are vividly reflected in the work of the regionĘs artists.
In the last few years, many exhibitions of contemporary art from the Arab world have been held globally, and within the region itself there are indications that the art industry is maturing, with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art opening in Doha (Qatar) in 2010, and branches of the Louvre and the Guggenheim Museum now under construction in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). “Arab Express” introducing the artworks by 34 artists from the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding Arab countries, is the first exhibition of its kind ever to be held in Japan.

This exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates; as well as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

For further information please visit Mori Art Museum


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Hrair Sarkissian is partiicipating in the group show “Lines of Control” at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, New York, 21 January - 1 April 2012

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Podbielski Contemporary
24 September - 15 November 2011

Hrair Sarkissian belongs to a new generation of promising Middle Eastern artists, now internationally acknowledged. In his work Hrair Sarkissian raises issues of identity, politics, faith and space. Hrair Sarkissian presently lives in Damascus and London. The show is organised in collaboration with Kalfayan Galleries Athens-Thessaloniki. For the occasion a brochure will be published with a short essay by Nico Anklam.

The Zebiba series (2007) consists of portraits of pious men in Egypt who all have the °ZebibaĘ or prayer scar on their foreheads, caused by kneeling on a prayer rug or a Mussallah (Stone of God) and touching the ground with oneĘs forehead. On one level, the worshipper aspires to disinvest himself from earthly culture. Paradoxically, the desire to become invisible when facing god, renders him more visible within his social environment. Overall it raises the universal issue of religious faith, integration, and tolerance.

The Churches series (2009) is realised in Amsterdam, a new and unfamiliar environment with different cultural coding. The photographed churches no longer serve as sacred spaces, but have been turned into public ones for social activities, such as reception halls, or music and dance clubs. By intentionally using only scarce natural light, these spaces are invested with a mystical atmosphere, which they otherwise no longer possess through their new function.

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Modern Essays 2
Hrair Sarkissian
1 November - 31 December 2011
SALT Beyoğlu
founded by Garanti
İstiklal Caddesi 136
Beyoğlu 34430 İstanbul, Türkiye

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Hrair Sarkissian and Raed Yassin


Facing Mirrors

3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
Old Intersections.  Make it New
18 September – 3 November 2011

Thessaloniki Museum of Photography
Warehouse A, Port


Vlassis Caniaris, Hrair Sarkissian and Constantin Xenakis

Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
Old Intersections-Make it New
18 September - 18 December 2011
Main Programme
A Rock and a Hard Places
Curated by: Paolo Colombo, Marina Fokidis and Mahita El Bacha Urieta

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TATE Modern

Hrair Sarkissian in conversation with Jessica Morgan
28 March 2011, 18.30 – 20.00
Venue: Starr Auditorium

On the occasion of the “Out of Place” exhibition, Hrair Sarkissian will discuss his work with Jessica Morgan (The Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art, Tate Modern) and will present his latest photographic series.
 “Out of Place” exhibition continues until 17 April 2011.

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Near and Middle East Department, SOAS, London
24 March 2011, 19.00
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Artist Presentation:  Hrair Sarkissian in conversation with Helin Anahit (Artist and researcher, Middlesex University).


Hrair Sarkissian

Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot for a Biennial
Curated by Suzanne Cotter, Curator, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project and Rasha Salti, Creative Director, ArteEast with Associate Curator Haig Aivazian.
Duration: 16 March - 16 May 2011
For more information: Sharjah Biennial



Hrair Sarkissian

Hrair Sarkissian


Out of Place
Tate Modern, Level 2

11 February 2011 – 17 April 2011
Tate ModernĘs Level 2 Gallery presents Out of Place, an exhibition that has arisen from a collaboration between Tate Modern and Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan. The exhibition features four artists from different backgrounds whose diverse political and social circumstances have prompted them to consider their environment. The artists in Out of Place each explore the relationship between dominant political forces and personal and collective histories by looking at urban space, architectural structures and the condition of displacement.
Hrair SarkissianĘs In Between 2007 is a series of large-scale photographs of austere Soviet-style buildings left abandoned in the dramatic hills and valleys of rural Armenia. They register the paradox experienced by this Syrian artist of Armenian origin of °returningĘ to a land which he had only known from family stories, as the reality of the region replaced the country he had imagined. Taken in the village where she grew up, Ahlam ShibliĘs The Valley 2007-8 documents the lives of Palestinians facing restrictions when trying to build their houses. Goter 2002-3, her series on the Bedouin people of the Negev region who have settled in townships or temporary shanty towns also shows the impact of restrictions at the level of daily life.
In the 1970s, Ion Grigorescu began recording everyday scenes in his home city of Bucharest with an 8mm camera. In his films and photographs he focuses on the unregimented activities taking place amid the rapidly changing urban landscape. His images of children playing, as well as of haphazardly discarded objects, contrast with the uniformity of the surrounding architecture from RomaniaĘs Communist past. Cevdet ErekĘs Shading Monument for the Artist 2009 reflects more generally on the possibilities of political art. The shadow-sculpture casts text on the gallery wall with varying intensity throughout the day; the words have been taken from memorials to those who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Appropriating these words for his artistĘs monument, Erek blurs the status of political activism and artistic action.
Out of Place is curated by Kasia Redzisz and AlaĘ Younis.
The Level 2 Gallery programme has been made possible with the generous support of Catherine Petitgas. It is conceived and led by Tate ModernĘs Assistant Curators, in dialogue with Tanya Barson, Curator.
This exhibition is a collaboration between Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman and Tate Modern, London initiated by Suha Shoman (Founder, Darat al Funun) and Sheena Wagstaff (Chief Curator, Tate Modern).
Presented at both venues, this exhibition is supported by the World Collections Programme with additional support from the Romanian Cultural Institute at Tate.

Open every day from 10.00 – 18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday


Hrair Sarkissian

Fotografie di Hriar Sarkissian
at Studio Geddes
Via del Babuino 125, Rome
14 December 2010 - 25 February 2011

Hrair Sarkissian

“BREAKING NEWS. Contemporary Photography from the Middle East and Africa”
FONDAZIONE Cassa di Risparmio di Modena
Duration: 28 November 2010 – 13 March 2011
Venue: Ex Ospedale SantĘAgostino, Modena, Italy

For further information, please visit the FONDAZIONE Cassa di Risparmio di Modena website

Hrair Sarkissian

Residency at Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (2010) 
Residency at The Delfina Foundation, London (2010)
ArtistĘs Talk at The Delfina Foundation, London, 10 September 2010
Talk at TATE Britain (Hrair Sarkissian and Nora Razian) as part of the seminar °The lure of the lens in art practice and research methods. Cultural Heritage, Mobility and Visual Practices”, 27 October 2010
“Festival Filosofia”, with participation of the artist in book project “Are You a Lucky Artist?”, Modena Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy.

Hrair Sarkissian

PhotoBiennale 2010 - 21st  International Photography Meeting
Hrair Sarkissian
“Execution Squares”
25.04 ‐ 28.06 - Thessaloniki, Greece
Opening: Friday 30 April 2010, 20:30
Venue: Genti Koule
Opening Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday 8:00‐19:00, Saturday and Sunday 8:00‐17:00, Monday closed
Duration: Monday 28 June 2010

The exhibition is being held in collaboration with Kalfayan Galleries, Athens ‐ Thessaloniki

Disorientation II

Tarek Al-Ghoussain Hrair Sarkissian

Tarek Al-Ghoussain and Hrair Sarkissian are participating in a group show, Disorientation II, curated by Jack Persekian, Artistic Director of the Sharjah Biennial.  The exhibition presents works by artists from Middle Eastern countries, which explore Arab cities from the perspective where both unity and division co-exist.
Disorientation II will be open at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi until 20 February 2010

11th International Istanbul Biennial

Hrair Sarkissian

Hrair Sarkissian is participating at the 11th International İstanbul Biennial,  \'What Keeps Mankind Alive?\', curated by What, How and for Whom/WHW
12 September - 8 November, 2009

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BlueCoat - OpenEyeGallery
(Liverpool European Capital of Culture)

\"New Ends, Old Beginnings\"
Curated by November Paynter

12 July  - 3 September 2008

Review at Camera Austria, International 102/2008




Antonis Donef Aikaterini Gegisian Hrair Sarkissian Panos Tsagaris

An off-site group exhibition “Treasures of Wisdom” at ReMap 2, a contemporary art program running parallel to the 2nd Athens Biennale in Athens,
from June 16 - 4 October, 2009

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