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Open Studio / Screening - Vartan Avakian, artist in residence of Kaplan and MENA

When: Thursday, June 9, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CT

Where: Kresge Hall, #2315 (Kaplan Artist Studio), 1880 Campus Drive , Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free; public welcome!

Contact: Jill Mannor   (847) 467-3970

Group: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Co-Sponsor: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Fine Arts, Academic


Open Studio / Screening

With Vartan Avakian, spring 2022 artist in residence of the Kaplan Humanities Institute and the Middle East and North African Studies Program.

Avakian will screen two videos — Short Wave Long Wave and The Video Story — and lead a chat / Q&A about his process and materials.

About the videos:

Short Wave Long Wave
(2010, Video)

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.

The Video Story
(2015, Video)
He bought a video camera in 1983, and nothing has been the same since. “Films are reality,” he told me. Some years later he asked for Nicole Ballan’s leaked sex tape.

(Image credit: Vartan Avakian, from Suspended Silver (2015): Accumulated dust on film negatives from Studio Mario collection found in Barakat Building. Image Courtesy of Arab Image Foundation.)

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