Mekhitar Garabedian, who has lived in Ghent since his youth, explores the position of the individual and the development of his/her identity in our society shaped by migration. Using very diverse media he examines how the split that migration creates continues to determine the present and how, accordingly, 'language' forms the position and the psyche of the migrant. Garabedian reflects on the conceptual possibilities of the artwork. His work is layered, as is his personal history as a migrant. It contains many references to literature, music, philosophy and visual art.
year and place of birth: 1977, Aleppo, Syria
whereabouts: Ghent, Belgium