Painting Marks Family History, 100-Year Anniversary of Armenian Genocide
"She began what would be a two-year project studyingancient maps and Armenianilluminated manuscripts, which are elaborate, decorative texts. The orientation of the painting resembles ancient Christian maps that position east at the top and north to the left. Both the Armenian and English names of many cities and villages where massacres occurred are depicted on the canvas. In addition to being a memorial to her family, Kazarian said she wanted the painting, which is on display at Mana Contemporary art center in Pilsen through May 29, to be a reminder of lessons still to be learned."
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April 23, 2015
Jackie Kazarian, with her painting "Armenia." The artwork is part of Project 1915, marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, which is April 24, 2015. (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune)