Future Greats: Haig Aivazian

Selected by Gabriel Coxhead. From the January & February issue

By Gabriel Coxhead

Into the Air Into the Ground (still), 2011, video, colour, sound, 30 min. Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg & Beirut Rome Is Not In Rome, 2016, fer-forgé, leather upholstery, clay, red and yellow copper, zelige tiles, dimensions variable. Photo: Jens Martin. Courtesy Marrakech Biennale Parting Kisses (Air Jordan VII & XIX), 2013, bronze, marble, brass, 33 × 14 × 14 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg & Beirut

Haig Aivazian makes work about history. In that sense, he’s following in the footsteps of other historically minded artists to have emerged from Lebanon in the past few decades – artists such as Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari, who have gained international recognition for works that deal with the recent political and social narratives of the country. Yet Aivazian has a quite different focus from this older generation (he was born in 1980). For all that his work explores aspects of…

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