"… Uma história que eu nunca esqueci…" / "… A story I never forgot…"
Video Version II (4' 20'') - 2013/2016
© Rosana Palazyan
"… Uma história que eu nunca esqueci…" / "… A story I never forgot…", is a video installation in which the video, produced in an “artisanal” manner, pretend to reorder and organize the fragmented memory of the Armenian genocide based on the stories and narrative heard since childhood. A handkerchief embroidered by my grandmother when a refugee in Thessaloniki runs through the whole story. Transformed in each episode, the object covers the story of her origin remembrances in Konya, the life in Greece, until the arrival in Rio de Janeiro and her new life. (…)
In this second version presented here (a fragment of the video first version), the story acquires a new autonomy. Now, as the autobiographical narrative is not explicit, the handkerchief carries in it all the memory, crossing seas. And water is the strong presence, as a symbolic element of time and space, taking us on this journey. The beauty of the sea, that at the same time carries dreams, as the idea of displacement to a better and new world. On the other hand, makes think in the continued political events and all sad stories of the refugees around the world.
As I have observed by the reaction of the people, the work transcend the particular character, touching internally the memories kept of each spectator and their own stories."
Rosana Palazyan, 2013/ 2016
Rosana Palazyan was born in 1963, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she lives and work. She graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Gama Filho in 1986 and attended art courses at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage between 1988 and 1992, both in Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been constituted as a process of approximation and dialogue, particularly with those who are in exclusion situations and are invited to participate in a relationship grounded in the listening. The exchanges are transformed into works that delicately amplify the voice of these people in attempt to sensitize the relationship of the public on these issues. In 27 years of production, Palazyan's work in a variety of mediums (drawing, embroidery, installation, video, performance and public art projects) promotes experiences about art, life and society.
Among the exhibitions, five international biennials are included. The most recent, is the 56th International Venice Art Biennale (2015), Italy - The National Pavilion of The Republic of Armenia (Golden Lion for the Best National Pavilion, curated by Adelina Cüberyan Von Fürstenberg).
A small selection of exhibits include: Linguagens do corpo carioca [a vertigem do Rio], Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016); The 4th Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2013); The Street, MHKA, Antwerp, Belgium (2011); solo at Casa França Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (2010); Pretty Tough: Contemporary Storytelling, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT, USA (2009); Um Atlas de acontecimentos, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal (2007); 26th Sao Paulo International Biennial, Brazil (2004); solo at Centro Cultural Banco Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2004); Magic Expeditions - tour with mysterious feelings, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2002); solo at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico (2000); I Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brasil (1997); 6th Havana Biennial, Cuba (1997).