Indifferent is a multimedia installation that examines the notion of being a member of a minority through the concepts of language and archive. Archives are not static; their physical qualities deteriorate over time, but their semantic quality evolves after each encounter with the archive. Any intervention that is applied to the archive redefines and opens it to new interpretations. The artist, as an Istanbulite Armenian, aims to underline the anxious analogies between photographs from her own family archive and the Armenian-Turkish language dilemma that she grew up in. 

Western Armenian is one of the endangered languages and faces the risk of just being “decorative” just like the objects that the faces are projected on. According to Roland Barthes the discontinuance of language is related to trauma in photographic terms, and that is further identified with ‘Punctum’. The last part of the installation is the portrait of an authoritarian figure seen from his back. Indifferent suggests a transparent environment where all these variables exist simultaneously.  

installation view

installation view