The horrors of the Armenian Genocide are commemorated each year on April 24, the date in 1915 that marked the first of countless massacres perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire that killed an estimated 1.5 million Armenians.
This year, the University of Rhode Island is observing the anniversary of the tragedy with an art show entitled The Armenian Genocide — 95 Years Later, In Remembrance.
Curated by Gallery Z founder and curator Bérge Ara Zobian, the exhibit features work by over 40 artists, including artwork in a variety of mediums, as well as film, museum artifacts, and an educational display on the genocide.
In her curatorial statement, Zobian explains the importance of such an exhibit. “Following the numerous other genocides of the 20th century, acknowledging and examining past episodes of violence becomes all the more crucial. As the first genocide of the 20th century, the Armenian Genocide is a critical event to affirm, and the surviving culture is essential to celebrate and spread with as large an audience as possible. This show promises to accomplish both of these tasks with your submissions and support.”
The collection will be displayed at the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus gallery from April 1–30, 2010. For more information, visit armeniangenocide95years.com.