Mélik Ohanian

Atlanta College of Art Gallery

It all started promisingly enough. While surfing the Web, Armenian-French artist Mélik Ohanian discovered someone with the same name as his living on Long Island. This reminded him of a family story, typical of the Armenian diaspora: After the Turkish genocide of 1915, family members of his grandparents’ generation traveled in three different directions: to the United States, to France, and to Argentina. Unable to find evidence of a Mélik Ohanian in Buenos Aires, Ohanian imagined collaborating with his American namesake on an art project for which the two of them could work together to fabricate an Argentine Mélik Ohanian, thus filling in the third, missing branch of the family. The show that would result, to be called “You’re mY DestinY,” would involve elaborate sculptural and video installations tracing this quasi-genealogical process and its results.

But the show on view was not that

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