Karen Babayan

Karen Babayan

Artist, Maker, Curator, Writer, Gallery educator

Image-making, performance and fiction writing enable me to explore and tell stories of my past and present self. 'Packing', a performance piece about exile; 'Blood Oranges Dipped in Salt', a book of fictionalised family stories explores diasporan Armenian identity from the perspective of my own family through handed down stories and personal experience; a rich archive of family photographs is incorporated into new work through projection and a variety of print media. The work evidences the experience of displacement by revisiting the history that has shaped my family in its physical and psychological migration over time and space, bringing the past and the present together in one place

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1962, of Armenian-British parentage, Babayan came to the UK in 1978 at the age of 16.

'Blood Oranges Dipped in Salt', is published by the Wild Pansy Press, University of Leeds www.wildpansypress.com

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Location Cumbria, North West
Activities Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Community arts, Community consultation, Public art, Private commissions, Creative writing, Publishing, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Gallery education, Visual arts consultancy, Fundraising, Evaluation, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Curatorial project, Education project, Book Works, Installation, Live Art, Mixed Media, Performance, Photography, Printmaking, Text, Textiles
Tags Iranian, Armenian, migration, diaspora, displacement, family, storytelling, exile, history, archives