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Figures Upon Landscape

Short Wave/Long Wave: Vartan Avakian

010_03 / 13 July 2016


Vartan Avakian

Short Wave/Long Wave, 2015

7 mins 9 secs


Behind the sea, when the weather was clear, stood a city with a high skyline and big structures. It looked like cities in films. Actually, it looked like New York in American films and TV series. I believed it was America.


Some cities have no sound, some have no name.


This selection of films, curated Jim Quilty, is presented on Ibraaz in collaboration with the Beirut Art Center.

About the author

Vartan Avakian

Vartan Avakian (b. 1977, Byblos, Lebanon) is an artist based in Beirut. He works with video, photography and natural material. Avakian studied Architecture and Urban Culture at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, and Communication Arts at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. He is a founding member of the art collective Atfal Ahdath and a member of the Arab Image Foundation. He is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens and Thessaloniki.