Traces of Identity


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Ara Oshagan is a documentary photographer whose long-term work revolves around the interesting themes of identity, community, and memory. From 2000-2004 he created an insider's look into the Armenian Community of Los Angeles: a mirror held up to his own community. Oshagan grew up in Beirut in an insular Armenian family but came of age in America, representing multiculturalism to its core: experiencing identity as something amorphous, as a process realized in the in-between spaces rather than something so straightforwardly advertised as 'globalization'. His classical, black and white approach is the result of a passage between the various cultures and languages that Oshagan grew up with. He and his work are neither here nor there.

 

Ara Oshagan was featured in GUP #37: Los Angeles.


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