Ara Oshagan is a diasporic multi-disciplinary visual artist, curator and, cultural worker based in Los Angeles working in photography, film, collage, installation, book-arts and temporary and permanent public art. His practice explores collective and personal histories of dispossession, legacies of violence, identity and (un)imagined futures. A descendant of communities uprooted from their indigenous land by the Armenian Genocide, Oshagan was born in diaspora in the SWANA region and now lives and creates in Los Angeles.
Ara Oshagan has published three books and the fourth is forthcoming in 2023. He has presented his work at the Annenberg Space for Photography and TedX Yerevan and has had solo exhibitions at the ArtLab Wasan and Seongbuk City Gallery in S. Korea, LA Municipal Art Gallery, Downey Museum of Art, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts and Tufenkian Fine Arts in Los Angeles. His work has been reviewed and featured in the LA Times, LA Weekly, NPR’s Morning Edition, Hyperallergic, Artillery Mag, Virginia Quarterly Review among others. His work is in the permanent collection of the Craft Contemporary Museum, Southeast Museum of Photography, Downey Museum of Art, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, and MOMA in Armenia.
In 2015, Oshagan and collaborators were selected as one of “100 Leading Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy Magazine in DC. Oshagan was selected as a “Cultural Trailblazer” by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in 2018.