March 5, 2024 12:30 p.m.displaced հատում -A Conversation with Dr. Krikor Beledian and Ara Oshagan
Sponsor(s): Armenian Studies Program
Զրոյց Դոկտ. Գրիգոր Պըլտեանի եւ Արա Օշականի հետ displaced հատում գիրքի մասին. զրոյցը կը վարէ Դոկտ. Միրնա Տուզճեան:
A Conversation with Dr. Krikor Beledian and Dr. Ara Oshagan (in Armenian) about the book displaced հատում, moderated by Dr. Myrna Douzjian.
Photographer Ara Oshagan and author Krikor Beledian grew up in Beirut’s Armenian communities formed by refugees and survivors of genocide. They came of age in families and streets fraught with the collective memory of extreme violence and dispossession. Both left Beirut decades ago and now return, carrying their own histories of displacement, to immerse themselves in its fractured urbanscape.
Oshagan wades through the spaces and narrow neighborhoods of his past to create dark and lyrical photographs that straddle the line between documentary and narrative: an attempt to articulate his own ambiguous relationship to place and history. While Beledian, the preeminent author of the Armenian diaspora, drawing from his decades-long research and several novels about these communities, pens an original and poetic semi-autobiographical text based on his own youth in the same spaces. Set in Beirut’s dense Armenian neighborhoods of Bourj Hammoud, displaced brings these two symbiotic and deeply personal works of literature and photography together: a unique collaboration interrogating diasporic identity, multi-generational displacement, and the ambiguities of narrative.
Krikor Beledian (b. 1945), is a prolific poet, writer, literary critic, and translator. He is a central figure in Contemporary Armenian literature. Beledian lives in Paris and teaches at the INALCO (Institut National de Langues et Civilisations Orientales), as well as the Catholic University of Lyon. His work has been published in Lebanon, Armenia, France, and in the United States.
Myrna Douzjian has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley, where she teaches courses on Armenian language, literature, and culture. Before joining the Armenian Studies Program at Berkeley, she taught world literature, composition, and Armenian cinema at UCLA, Temple University, and California State University, Fresno. Myrna’s publications have dealt with post-Soviet drama, contemporary diaspora literature and film, and the evolving politics of Armenian literary publication in the twentieth century; her translations of Armenian poetry and drama have been staged in the United States.
Ara Oshagan (b. 1964, Beirut) is a photographer and installation artist addressing issues of displacement, identity and memory. Today he lives in the US in Southern California with deep roots in the Armenian community as well as a long-time engagement in the photographic community. With lectures at the Annenberg Space for Photography and consistent presence in photo fairs like PhotoLA and Photo Independent and exhibitions throughout the city. He has exhibited worldwide and presented his work at the International Center of Photography, New York, TEDx Yerevan, among others. Following Traces of Identity (2005) and Fatherland (2010), dis/placed is the third book of a trilogy of work about identity, home- land and diaspora. His work is held in permanent collections like the SouthEast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida, the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California, and the Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California.