Hrair Sarkissian’s photographs reflect on personal memories, using subjectivity as a way to navigate stories that official histories are unable to tell. Using traditional documentary techniques in large-scale works, he engages the viewer in a profound consideration of what lies behind the surface of the images, thereby re-evaluating larger historical or social narratives.
Sarkissian’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2020); Davis Museum, Wellesley College, US (2017); Sursock Museum, Beirut (2017); KADIST, San Francisco (2017); Fondazione Cari Spezia, Italy (2015); Mosaic Rooms, London (2015); and Darat Al Funun, Amman (2013). Among his group exhibitions are The British Art Show (2021); Trembling Landscapes, Eyemuseum, Amsterdam (2020); Inhabiting the Mediterranean, Valencian Museum of Modern Art (IVAM), Valencia (2019); The New Europe, Brighton Photo Biennial (2018); IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT, Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria (2018); No Looking Back, Okay? Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor (2018); Flatlands, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila (2017); Age of Terror, Imperial War Museum, London (2017); 10th Bamako Encounters, African Biennial of Photography, Bamako (2015); 56th Venice Biennial (2015); Time, Conflict, Photography, Tate Modern, London (2014); and Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2015); 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece (2011); and 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009).
Sarkissian’s work can be found in the collections of The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, US; Mori Museum, Tokyo; Tate Modern, London; Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy; Fondazione Cari Spezia, Italy; Sharjah Art Foundation; The Khalid Shoman Collection, Amman; and The Farjam Collection, Dubai.
Sarkissian’s awards include the Abraaj Group Art Prize, Dubai (2012) and a Steenbergen Stipendium, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2010).
He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2010). Born in 1973 in Damascus, he lives and works in London.
Sharjah Biennials 14 and 10
Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber