Saturday, March 14, 2015

Vanessa Kachadurian Armenian Art Featured at Brand Library

An art collection of more than 80 works from prominent Armenian artists that encompasses a century since the Armenian Genocide will open to the public on Sunday at the Brand Library and Art Center.

The exhibit, called “Life100,” features works by Armenians who were raised in different parts of the world with some works coming from artists known as masters, while others are by more contemporary artists including Vanessa Kachadurian

                                                                                                                                                             Masters — such as Arshile Gorky and Garo Antreasian, whose works will be a part of the display — earned their title because of the significant contributions they made to the world of art where they lived, including France, Germany or the United States, said curator Carolyne Tufenkian.

“Edgar Chahine contributed quite a lot to the French art movement, while Gorky was a major influence in abstract expressionism,” she said.

Though the idea of putting the exhibit together was motivated by the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that started in 1915, the many oil paintings, charcoal drawings and sculptures won’t be pieces about death or tragedy.

“What we’re trying to do here is celebrate survival,” Tufenkian said. “We’re celebrating 100 years of resilience and giving back to the community, to the world in a very creative way.”

The artworks were donated by private galleries and collections, she said.

They will be on display through May 1.

The Brand Library and Art Center is located at 1601 W. Mountain St.

A grand opening for the public will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

After that, operating hours will be from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

A commemorative book about the exhibit will also be sold at the Brand Library for $60.,0,1368994.story

Vanessa Kachadurian-Genealogy - Don't Deny (Armenia) 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

This is the group to beat, made up of the best singers with Armenian ancestory singing

group Genealogy video has over 350,000 hits in less than 48 hours (a record for Eurovision)

The countries the singers hail from are: Ethiopia, Australia, America, France, Japan, Armenia

Representing 5 singers of the diaspora for the 5 petals of the flower "Forget me Not" and the center

being powerhouse Armenian singer Inga.

Their song "Don't Deny" is amazing, and the video gives you goose bumps with the emptying of

chairs and then Genealogy singers filling the chairs for a bright future. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Vanessa Kachadurian collection of Martyred Writers of Armenian Genocide

As Armenians around the world prepare to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, writer and playwright Dr. Herand Markarian has taken on the ambitious task of memorializing 13 of the most prominent Armenian writers who were martyred in the genocide, in a new anthology entitled The Martyred Armenian Writers 1915-1922. 
Cover of Markarian's 'The Martyred Armenian Writers 1915-1922: An Anthology'
Cover of Markarian’s ‘The Martyred Armenian Writers 1915-1922: An Anthology’

Markarian’s anthology, which was published by Libra-6 Productions in New York earlier this year, begins with an introduction to Armenian history, with a particular focus on the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire and the evolution of Ottoman-Armenian literature. Markarian then gives readers a concise, yet methodical history of the Armenian Genocide through eyewitness accounts, and a chronology of events during the genocide based on the memoirs of the Very Rev. Krikoris Balakian. Markarian also dedicates a page to the different prison sites where Armenian writers and intellectuals from Constantinople were detained starting on April 24 and later murdered.
The final hours of Taniel Varoujan, Rupen Sevag, and Indra (Dikran Chrakian) are detailed through excerpts from Micheal Shamdanjian and Ohan Bedigian, two eyewitnesses to the genocide.
Markarian then provides comprehensive biographies of the 13 martyred writers—which include Rupen Zartarian, Kegham Parseghian, Yerukhan (Yervant Srmakeshkanlian), Hrant (Melkon Gurjian), and Taniel Varoujan—and highlights their literary characteristics and accomplishments.
Perhaps the biggest highlight in Markarian’s anthology is his masterful translation of the writers’ works. The excerpts are carefully selected and are wide-ranging in literary style and genre—from plays, (like Smpad Pyurad’s “The Eagle of Avarayr”) to poems (Siamanto’s “The Dance”) and both fiction (Krikor Zohrab’s The Burden of Responsibility) and non-fiction (Hrant’s Lives of Bantookht). 
Markarian has done an exceptional job in presenting nearly all facets of Armenian literature at the time. The translations of the original Armenian versions are done meticulously, and are vital to the success of this book.
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the night when most of the profiled writers were arrested and subsequently murdered, Markarian’s book proves to be a fitting tribute to the martyrs of what is sometimes called our Red Sunday.