Hrair Sarkissian
Born in 1973
Lives and works
in London, UK
Ilona Kálnoky
Moath Alofi
Hrair Sarkissian
Archival inkjet print, 7 hand painted resin/bone casts of a 3D model skull, aluminum relief, 850 x 1850 mm, 260 x 60 x 60 mm each,
1250 x 2300 x 5 mm
Courtesy of the artist and Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki
Commissioned by the Saudi Art Council for 21,39 (2018)

Hrair Sarkissian’s work incorporates photography and sculpture. At the heart of the artwork is the history of the artist’s native country of Syria, and the recent years of civil war. The story focuses on one of the rarest birds in the world, the Northern Bald Ibis. After having been declared extinct from the wild in 1989, a surviving colony of seven Northern Bald Ibises was discovered in the Syrian desert near Palmyra. The colony was studied and protected until the war broke out in the country, and then disappeared again around the time Palmyra was destroyed in 2014.

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