Opening: Friday 19 February 2010 - 20:00
Young Man Blues
The first exhibition in our new location shows work of Mekhitar Garabedian (Syria/Belgium) and Susanne Kriemann (Germany), two artists that have a particular interest for the relations between history, identity, time and the memory of a place.
The work of Mekhitar Garabedian (°1977, Allepo, Syria) can be approached as a constant digging up of his personal and complex identity as an immigrant.
Garabedian was born in Syria, but has Armenian roots: his grandparents fled from the Armenian genocide. In 1981 the family immigrated once again because of the Libanon civil war. Since his childhood Garabedian lives in Belgium. The artist works with different media such as sound, text, video, installation and photography. His work deals with the idea that history and cultural identity are constructed trough conditioning. The exhibition Young Man Blues at KIOSK shows an ensemble of textual works, a photographic project in the shape of a publication and an installation with t-shirts on which a reference to the Armenian culture is printed.
The exhibition is realised with the kind contribution of Hoet Bekaert Gallery.