2011 – 6 b&w photographs with drawing and text – 14 x 10 cm each unframed
(Photographed in Yerevan, Armenian in 2011)
I was born at the age of six is a photographic work consisting of 6 b&w photographs with drawing and text. The basis of the work is a series of recent photographs of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. These images already holding the tension of a transitory post-Soviet reality are superimposed with dialogues from two Soviet Armenian films of the ’60’ and ’70s.
The films – Barev, yes em (1966) and Chronicle of Yerevan days (1974) both directed by Frunze Dolvatyan – are examples of cultural texts of the period that mark a shift in the representation of the national and urban reality, introducing allusions to the Armenian Genocide and questioning the Soviet Utopia. The work starting with the phrase ‘I was born at the age of six’ (a line of the female protagonist in Chronicle of Yerevan days that become an orphan at the age of six) initiates a narrative that weaves together fragments, exposing tensions while capturing a moment of emotional fragility.