pastel poetry /// PHOTOBOOK by Karén Khachaturov
Karén Khachaturov is making himself known for his aesthetic compositions using a vintage palette juxtaposed with contemporary concepts. Khachaturov uses commercial colours and pop surrealistic entourage to start a conversation about a new reality in the digital era. In his pastel coloured universe, the objects of the piece seem to have lost their primal essence. His work focuses on the modern sense of alienation and the loss of the empirical experience. In most of his works, the heroes are half people, half objects, looking senseless, bored, lost, and alienated from themselves. They have fallen victim to the mass cultivated individualism, and as a result, have themselves turned into good looking objects with bright entertaining colors, but lack character, autonomy, sense, heart, and soul.
The book captures five curated series of Karén's works. Each of the series is accompanied by a short poem that gives context to the photograps.
Poems and narrative by Maria Khachatryan.
The series is a personal story of Karén's Grandpa's struggle with a deadly disease. Being powerless to help, Karén translated his love for his grandfather in sensual shots, that tell the story of the disease dimming Grandpa's perception of the world around him, gradually taking away from him his senses, and life.
The series is purposefully distinct from the rest of the book with abundance of black backgrounds. The handwritten captions were originally written by the photgrapher at the exhibition of the series.
Narrative by Ella Kanegarian /// Title lettering by Karén Melkonyan.