The Migration of Memory: The Art of Kevork Mourad


The Migration of Memory: The Art of Kevork Mourad



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In his extraordinary practice, Syrian artist Kevork Mourad creates and projects drawings live in concert alongside musicians, such as members of the Silkroad Ensemble. His work explores a wide range of issues, including personal and cultural memory, the ways in which memory is inscribed in architectural spaces, the plight of refugees and survivors of genocide, and, perhaps most importantly, the possibility of our finding one another amid the cultural and political differences that so often divide us. Mourad's work is thus animated by an abiding hope that, through art and artful collaboration, we can rediscover the deep history and shared humanity that binds us together.

In anticipation of the artist’s Spring 2021 ATB residency where he will create an installation in the College’s Cantor Art Gallery, join us for a live conversation featuring Mourad, composer and recent collaborator Osvaldo Golijov, Loyola Professor of Music, and Meredith Fluke, Director of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery. Moderated by Mark Freeman, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society.

Kevork Mourad employs his technique of live drawing and animation in concert with musicians – developing a collaboration in which art and music harmonize with one another. Collaborators include Yo-Yo Ma, Kim Kashkashian, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Brooklyn Rider, The Knights, Perspectives Ensemble, Paola Prestini, and Kinan Azmeh and he has performed in many institutions, including The Aga Khan Museum (Toronto), The Art Institute of Chicago, The American Museum of Natural History, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, ElbPhilharmonie (Germany), Rhode Island School of Design, Nara Museum (Japan), Lincoln Center Atrium, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Born in Qamishli, Syria, Mourad now lives and works in New York City. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in Armenia. Mourad has been a resident teaching artist at Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Holy Cross (Worcester). He is the only visual artist member in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and is featured in the film “Music of Strangers” (2016).

Recent commissions include "Israel in Egypt," for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, "Sound of Stone" to accompany the exhibition “Armenia!” for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and "Well Wish Ya," a dance performance piece with the OYO Dance Troupe in Namibia. His performance, "Home Within," co-produced with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, has toured the world. The 2016 recipient of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Film Prize, his animated film "4 Acts for Syria" made its 2019 premiere at the Stuttgart Animation Festival. He was recently asked by the Aga Khan Foundation to create a site-specific 20-foot drawing-sculpture called "Seeing Through Babel," at London’s Ismaili Center, addressing the importance of diversity in our contemporary times.

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memory, visual art, architecture, collaboration, ATB HomeStage


Co-Sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders and The Cantor Art Gallery.

Part of the Fall 202 series ATB HomeStage

The Migration of Memory: The Art of Kevork Mourad