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Ara Oshagan | Diaspora, site and the document

March 11, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Discussion and Book signing of Ara Oshagan’s ‘displaced’
Saturday, March 11 | 12-1 PM

18th Street Arts Center Airport Campus
3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica CA 90405

Join Oshagan, artist and curator, and Mashinka Firunts Hakopian, author and professor in Technology and Social Justice, in conversation around displacement and diaspora. The discussion will revolve around Oshagan’s newly published book ‘displaced’ which documents and reflects on Beirut’s Armenian diasporic presence: as a site of dispersion, of multi-generation displacement as well as a process of a deeply person return. A book signing will follow the conversation.

Ara Oshagan is a diasporic multi-disciplinary artist, curator and cultural worker whose practice explores collective and personal histories of dispossession, legacies of violence, identity and (un)imagined futures. Oshagan has published three books of photography (fourth forthcoming in 2023) and he has presented his work at the Annenberg Space for Photography, International Center of Photography in NY and TedX Yerevan. Oshagan has had solo exhibitions at the ArtLab Wasan and Seongbuk City Gallery in Korea, LA Municipal Art Gallery, Downey Museum of Art, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Tufenkian Fine Arts in Los Angeles. His work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, LA Times, LA Weekly, LA Magazine, Artillery Mag, Mother Jones, Hyperallergic and Art Papers. Oshagan lives in Glendale and is a curator at the City of Glendale ReflectSpace Gallery.

Mashinka Firunts Hakopian is an Armenian writer, artist, and researcher born in Yerevan and residing in Glendale, CA. She is an Associate Professor in Technology and Social Justice at ArtCenter College of Design, and was previously a visiting Mellon Professor of the Practice at Occidental College. With Avi Alpert and Danny Snelson, she makes up one-third of the collective, Research Service. She is a Contributing Editor for Art Papers, and her writing and commentary have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Performance Research Journal, Art in America, Hyperallergic, and Meghan Markle’s Archetypes. Her book, The Institute for Other Intelligences, was released by X Artists’ Books in 2022 as the first entry in the X Topics series edited by Ana Iwataki and Anuradha Vikram. 




March 11, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus)
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405 United States
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