Melik Ohanian

Melik Ohanian, Portrait of Duration, 2016, interview

Melik Ohanian (b. 1969) lives and works in Paris.
All his work explores the means, supports and allegorical power of images, reverting constantly to several subjects: desert areas, the working class world, the end of revolutionary utopias and social, historical and scientific facts. His work can be understood in terms of physical and conceptual territories that focus on the concept of time. His installations examine, as well, the operative mode of the exhibition and extend beyond the usual boundaries of images, in their spatial and temporal dimensions. He is a member of a generation of artists who grew up with the early Palais de Tokyo where he showed his Island of an Island project at the museum’sinauguration in 2002.  His work has appeared  in numerous solo and group exhibitions at international museums such as Tate Modern, London (2019); Villa Empain / Fondation Boghossian, Brussels (2019); the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2016); Whitney Museum, New York (2016); Carré d’art, Nîmes (2015); CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète (2014); Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City (2013); Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea (2013); Sharjah Art Foundation (2012); Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai (2012); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2010); Beirut Art Center (2009); Matucana 100, Santiago (2008); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2008); CCA Kitakyushu (2007); South London Gallery (2006); De Appel, Amsterdam (2006); IAC, Villeurbanne (2006); MUMOK, Vienna (2005), The Atlanta College of Art (2003); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002). He was also featured in many biennials: Busan Biennale (2018) ; Biennale de Lyon (2017, 2005) ; Sydney Biennal (2016, 2004) ; Biennale de Venise (2015, 2007) ; Sharjah Biennale (2011) ; Gwangju Biennale (2006) ; PERFORMA, New York (2005) et la Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2004) ; Sao Paulo Biennale (2004). Melik Ohanian is the recipient of several prizes, including the Golden Lion for the Best National Pavilion (Armenia), 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Marcel Duchamp Award (2015). In 2008, his exhibition From the voice to the hand was created at the scale of a city, with the collaboration of several Parisian institutions such as the MAC/VAL, FRAC Ile de France — Le Plateau, the Abbaye de Maubuisson, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, among 15 venues in parternship.