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Ararat Sarkissian

  • Papermaker
  • Byurakan, Armenia
  • Master Artisan
Ararat Sarkissian Papermaker
Armenian, English, Russian
By appointment only
+374 93331439
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History in his hands

  • • Ararat went to Jordan to learn handmade papermaking
  • • His paper recipe includes okra and Armenian herbs
  • • Ararat was part of the Armenian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale

Ararat Sarkissian is a well known artist, recognised as an Honoured Artist of the Armenian Republic and known as a recreator of Armenian printmaking traditions. He decided to learn papermaking 25 years ago for one of his projects, going to Jordan to develop his skills. Recognising that this is a dying craft, he has since passed on his techniques to many people, mostly of the younger generation. Ararat is concerned about the identity and memory of nations and always strives to preserve something of value, such as destroyed Armenian cross-stones. His work has been exhibited worldwide; he has represented Armenia in numerous international art exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale.

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Cross stone

Through his Khachkars project, Ararat Sarkissian explores the traditional Armenian motifs that adorn Armenian cross stones through their careful reproduction on embossed handmade paper. This print is one in a series of 36 cross stones.

Length 30 cm
Width 16 cm

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This handmade book features 36 prints of Khachkars, or cross stones. The collection contains motifs from Armenian crosses found in Julfa cemetery, which was destroyed in 2006. In this book, each print is titled with an Armenian letter and is signed by the artist. This project is a personal homage to the art of Armenian crosses and aims to focus international attention on the systematic and ongoing destruction of Armenian crosses in various territories neighbouring Armenia.

Length 41.6 cm
Height 13 cm

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Archetypes word maps

Through his Archetypes project, Ararat Sarkissian explores and presents different scripts, alphabets, world maps and labyrinths. It is universal work that not only brings our attention to a wide range of cultures but also tackles the most critical aspect of modernity and our links with visual civilisation.

Length 31 cm
Height 26 cm

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