Farrah Karapetian

Farrah KarapetianArtist’s Statement

My work is driven by minor personal narratives that question, inform, and destabilize hegemonic patterns of history. A documentary perspective on history might purport to know the truth of it, but mine elides that objectivity. I rely for clues instead on the mundane tasks and objects with which we each map our days, even in the context of major events. I isolate, enact, and mimic the experiences inscribed in my subjects’ bodies, in the hope that there is meaning in them outside of their original infrastructure. For what else do we hope – as humans – but for some semblance of significance to the moves we’ve made?

Photography especially is bound to facticity and illusory space, beguiling its viewers into its picture windows, its past tense. I tease out photography’s potential for presence: how can I handle the relationship between subject and artist, between viewer and artwork, so that each dynamic is more of a two-way street, something happening between each player in the here and now? Working cameralessly has made me reimagine the building blocks of my process and enabled me to render plastic the medium of photography, making abstract and relational discoveries en route to representational and metaphorical goals.

Website: farrahkarapetian.com


Solo Exhibitions

Student Body Politic, Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Representation Cubed, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

Accessory to Protest, LEADAPRON, Los Angeles, CA

Broken Windows Theory, Kantor Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

The Fifth Wall, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (curated by Irene Tsatsos)

Trouble With the Index, California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock, Riverside, CA (curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers)

Rogue Wave 2013: 15 Artists from Los Angeles , LA Louver, Venice, CA

2013 California-Pacific Triennial , Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (curated by Dan Cameron)

Community Based Artwork

Lead Artist, Service and Other Stories, Angels Gate Cultural
Center, San Pedro, CA

Prone Position, Solo public project for Freeway Studies #2, Inside the Quad, OTIS
Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (organized by Meg Linton)

Good Sign, Solo public project for the Flint Public Art Project, Flint, MI
(curated by Stephen Zacks)

Visiting Artist, “Directed Studies: Los Angeles Times”, East Los Angeles
College, Los Angeles, CA

Fellowships and Awards

Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation, ARTS WRITERS GRANT PROGRAM

Center for Cultural Innovation, Investing In Artists Grant, Innovation

MacDowell Colony, Artist Residency Fellowship, Monadnock, NH


University of California at Los Angeles

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut