Glasgow International 2020

Alex Sarkisian

Alex Sarkisian (b. 1990 USA) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Sarkisian received her MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2014, with an exchange to Piet Zwart Institute, and received her BA in Fine Art and Technocultural Studies from University of California, Davis USA. She was a Committee Member of Transmission Gallery from 2015-2017.

Recent exhibitions include: BlackCrammHuftonLilloMajaliMcCarthySarkisianTanselWilmshurst, Market Gallery, Glasgow UK, 2016; Bradley xx, in collaboration with Neoterismoi Toumazou, Crownpoint, Glasgow International, Glasgow UK, 2016; Lair, VoidoidARCHIVE, Glasgow UK, 2016,  í drögum, Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri IS, 2015;  Prehistoric Loom I & II, No Toilet Space, Seoul KR  & Yada Shimin Gallery, Nagoya, JP, 2014; Endurance, Govanhill Baths, Glasgow UK, 2014;  How Many Shades Would an Artist Pack for Holidays?, Neoterismoi Toumazou, Nicosia CY, 2013  Recent projects, awards, residencies include: Collaborative film project with Bahar Yürükoğlu in Guna Yala, Panama, 2017;  Hope Scott Trust Visual Art Grant, Scotland, 2017; The Arctic Circle Residency, International Territory of Svalbard, 2015;  Hospitalfield Arts Graduate Residency, Arbroath Scotland UK, 2014; Ffffast Summer Residency, Space Neoterismoi Toumazou & Αλάς, Nicosia CY, 2013.

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Bahar Yürükoğlu and Alex Sarkisian

I can't open the can because my nails are painted


New film work by Bahar Yürükoğlu and Alex Sarkisian explores the artists’ collaborative relationship, which began after they met in Svalbard, in the Arctic Circle, and continued until they met again exactly two years later in the inverse climate of Guna Yala, Panama.

By turning the camera on the artists, the film reveals concerns around their self-positioning in these particular sites, as well as their individual positions within the collaboration. Conceived as a film installation for GI, the work builds on narratives of the Anthropocene and inherited histories, whilst examining a relationship between the two figures based on uncanny humour.

Supported by Hope Scott Trust and House for an Art Lover.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Sun, 10am-5pm

At House For An Art Lover’s Bothy

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