Meet the photographer who will travel to the ends of the earth — or outer space — for his art
Osheen Harruthoonyan takes us into a dreamy world that spans galaxies
Osheen Harruthoonyan's family story stretches across the globe. From his Italian grandmother orphaned in India to his own upbringing spanning Greece, Iran and Canada and later moves from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal, Harruthoonyan's world seems to always be spinning.
Perhaps that's why this photographer is drawn to create images of space — planets, stars, galaxies that by the moment we see them are already in the past. Part of Harruthoonyan's family history is intertwined in the Armenian genocide, with other pieces of their past left in places whose names have now changed. For the Montreal-based artist, the universe is always changing — and always related to his own memory and history.
Osheen Harruthoonyan: A Circle of Bluebirds. To Dec. 15 at Galerie Youn, Montreal. www.galerieyoun.com
Duncan McDowall is an award-winning screenwriter and director. His films have been exhibited in museums, broadcast on TV and screened in festivals worldwide. He's the founder of Before the Wire and is looking forward to directing his first feature-length film.
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