ARTIST BIOGRAPHY      
 

What follows is a partial list of projects carried out by
Kardash that are thematically related to the current project:

- April 24, 1969, carried out a protest at the entrance of the
Armenian cathedral in New York City by wearing a placard
that said “UN-HATE a TURK THIS DAY” - a public
announcement of his personal liberation from the ethos of
hating the “other.”

- 1982, adopted the name Kardash (brother in Turkish) to honor
those Turks who saved Armenians during the genocide,
including the artist’s grandmother.

- 1984, published a book of poems in Armenian,
to honor Nazim Hikmet for daring to publish
a collection of poems about a love affair between
an Armenian man and a Turkish woman.

- April 24, 1986, “Martyrs: The Sorrow of the Armenian”
produced a sculptural installation in New York City in
commemoration of those “others” who were victimized by
the Armenians throughout history.

- 1988, “Portraits of the dead” exhibited a series of
sculptures in a “Ritualarium”- a temporary / mobile gallery
in the form of a tent installed at a public park in Los Angeles -
a commentary on the cultural demise of the local Armenian
community.

  - 1990, “Way of the Cross / Crossing Borders” a sculptural installation at Saint John the Divine Cathedral in New York which conveyed a symbolic “crossing” of the Turkish-Armenian border by using the 14 stations of the cross as metaphors. Subject of a documentary by Deniz Kenber from Istanbul. See here: www.kardashonnig.com/047.html.

- 1998-2000 TAP (Teen Apprenticeship Program) at BARAKA facilitated three-dimensional consciousness through work and dialogue among teens at the artist’s workshop.

- 2001, Artist-in-residence in the disputed Azeri/Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karapagh, spent six months carving local stone and leading an apprenticeship program with the youth of the war torn town of Shushi.

- 2007, “Gateway to Peace,” submitted a proposal to Mayor Naif Ali Beyoglu of Kars for a public sculpture in Ani at the recommendation of Osman Kavala of Anadolu Kultur.

- 2012, “Artistication,” sponsored an artist-in-residence program at BARAKA to foster place responsive works and dialogue between pairs of artists from different cultures and the local community during one-month residencies.