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Armenian National Committee of Rhode Island
7 Dawson Street, Providence, RI 02909

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release ~ 2005-04-06
Contact: Steve Elmasian ~ (401) 573-7888

ARTIST JOHN AVAKIAN EXHIBITS WORK ABOUT ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Exhibit is entitled "Man's Inhumanity to Man: the Armenian Genocide;" "If I Start to Cry, I think that I Will Cry Forever."

Providence, RI -- During the month of April, 2005, printmaker John Avakian will be exhibiting his artworks in the Chapel Gallery of Mathewson Street United Methodist Church, 134 Mathewson Street, in downtown Providence. The exhibit, based on personal experience, is titled, “Man’s Inhumanity to Man: the Armenian Genocide - If I Start to Cry, I think that I Will Cry Forever.” With the Chapel Gallery open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Gallery Night, in addition to the gallery talk, there will be an organ concert at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Gallery Night visitors are also invited to AWalk the Labyrinth.

Of his exhibit Mr. Avakian has said, “As far back as I can remember, I realized there was something very different about my parents and myself....As I approached my teens, I began to realize something unthinkable had happened to my parents....At long last, I felt reconnected to my parents in an emotional way....I felt compelled to revisit my memories of them, examining aging photos and memorabilia. I bought and read books on the Armenian Genocide....This research strengthened my resolve to begin a fearful journey in my art that would explore an extremely dark history of humankind that personally has effected me.... “If I start to cry, I think that I will cry forever” are the words I have chosen for the title of this series of shows. It represents an extraordinary journey into darkness and suffering to reclaim my past, and honor my loving parents who suffered so much.”

For more information, see www.gbgm-umc.org/mathewsonstumc

 

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