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Memory and Forgetting: Traces of Silence in Sarkis

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Memory and Forgetting: Traces of Silence in Sarkis Sarkis, contemporary artist of Armenian origin living in Paris, works metaphorically on the memory of “catastrophes”. His work resonates with the 20th-century’s mass exterminations and belongs to the universal diaspora, between acquiescing to forget and the duty of remembering. It is a matter of looking for crutches and landmarks in a phantom-like past, by saving the vestiges and telling the story of the losses. Set out to restore the link between past and present, Sarkis also works with magnetic strips, plastic objects that symbolize Ariadne’s thread; that thread of memory, which – although visible – conceals itself because it remains silent. In his work, forgetting dwells in memory like a silent voice.



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