Farrah Karapetian, "Accessory to Protest"
LEADAPRON 8445 Melrose Place, Los Angeles
16 December 2011 - 1 February 2012
Curated by Diane Rosenstein
Farrah Karapetian's photograms and constructed negatives represent the Eight Items of “Necessary Clothing and Accessories” listed in a pamphlet instructing novice protesters in the mechanics of civilian unrest. The flyer was widely distributed in Egypt prior to the Fall of Prime Minister Hosni Mubarak. In constructing the objects that serve as her “negatives” for these photograms and in recording the negatives at multiple moments in the darkroom, Karapetian extends the process of photography into sculpture and performance. This work presages “Student Body Politic,” Karapetian's national investigation of issues of representation in politics and image making, engaging the photogram to reconsider iconic images of protest.
Farrah Karapetian works with photography in a sculptural field, emphasizing the plasticity of the medium of photography, the constructed nature of imagery, and the pathos of everyday life. She earned her MFA from UCLA (2008) and BA in fine art from Yale University (2000). A MacDowell Fellow (2010) and an artist-in-residence at the Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War (2009), she has had solo exhibitions and projects with Sandroni.Rey (CA), Geoffrey Young (MA), and the Kantor Gallery (NY), as well as group exhibitions internationally. She lectures frequently at venues such as Art Center College of Design, USC, Otis College of Art and Design, and UCLA, and her writing has appeared in publications such as Speculative Structures (Mark Batty Publisher 2011), Whitehot Magazine, and the Brooklyn Rail.