MEMORY OF TREES by KATHRYN COOK EXHIBITION at MuCEM in MARSEILLE

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From June 2013 to end January 2014, the GHR of the MuCEM is organising four photography and video exhibitions in a joint production with Marseille-Provence 2013, European capital of culture and in partnership with the Nicéphore Niépce museum , Ville de Chalon-sur-Saône.

From October 4th to November 18th the MuCEM of Marseille will hold the photographic exhibition “Memory of Trees” by Kathryn Cook. The opening will take place on October 4th starting at 18.30 and Kathryn will be present.

Kathryn undertook an assignment to study the memory of Armenian history from 1915 to the present day, from the Armenian villages to the Marseille neighbourhoods. Memory of Trees pulls together photographs and a video by the artist who compares the historical archives with the few remains of the past that still exist in Armenia.

In addition to the documentary interest that these portraits and these recomposed landscapes may have, Kathryn Cook created a new way of looking at the issue of the representation of suffering and misfortune. She proceeds using alliteration and symbols. While others are pointing out, she suggests, takes an alternative route and never prescribes.

In the early 1900s, as the Ottoman Empire collapsed, a fiercely nationalistic movement took power. As with all ideologies, their taking hold meant the termination of what didn’t fit its new identity—its Christian Armenian citizens.

Memory of Trees follows the remains and traces of an ambiguous, dark history—the great crime recognized today as genocide by more than a dozen countries. Kathryn Cook traveled across Turkey and Armenia, to Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, sifting through the remains of this legacy and tracking down survivors. Her images emphasize the emotional tonality of the story rather than documenting specific events.

The book “Memory of Trees”, published by Kehrer Verlag and with the words by Karin Karakasli and  Francois Cheval,  will be released on October 4th.

This exhibition is produced as part of the Ateliers de l’EuroMéditerranée season by MP 2013. Kathryn Cook is also a resident artist at the association of La Jeunesse Arménienne de France (Armenian youth of French) and the Bec en l’air publications.