Photobook Fair 2021

Artist Ara Oshagan speaking live from L.A. in conversation with Alexa Becker from publisher Kehrer Verlag in Berlin, about Ara’s new photobook dis/placed.

Ara Oshagan’s ancestors were exiled by the Armenian Genocide, his parents were displaced across Europe and the Middle East and ended up in Beirut. Born in Beirut, Oshagan and his family were displaced once again by the Lebanese Civil War. Now the photographer returns to Beirut carrying this fragmented history and wades into the spaces of his community and youth. Among the concrete and human geography of a place at once familiar and foreign, Oshagan begins to construct a narrative of transnational and diasporic identity.