Galleria del Cembalo, Rome, Italy
23.04. – 27.06. 2015
SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco
12.04. – 22.04. 2015
Musée des Civilisations d’Europe et Méditerranée MuCEM
04.10. – 19.11.2013
Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon sur Saône, France
15.02 – 18.05.2014
"In the village of Agaçlı – ›place of trees‹ – the old mulberry trees are all that remain of the former Armenien inhabitants, who used to cultivate silkworms."
In the early 1900s, as the Ottoman Empire collapsed, a fiercely nationalistic movement took power. As with all ideologies, their taking hold and taking root meant the termination of what didn’t fit its new identity – its Christian Armenian citizens. Recognized as »genocide« today by more than a dozen countries, Turkey still vigorously rejects that claim.
Memory of Trees follows the remains and traces of an ambiguous, dark history – the definition of which is still being fought over nearly a century later. Kathryn Cook traveled across Turkey and Armenia, to Syria, Lebanon and Israel, sifting through the remains of this legacy and tracking down the survivors. Her images emphasize the emotional tonality of the story rather than documenting specific events.
Kathryn Cook (b. 1979) is based in Rome, Italy, and represented by Agence VU’. Her work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Newsweek, and Stern. She has received several grants for this work including the Inge Morath Award (2008), The Aftermath Project grant (2008), the Enzo Baldoni award (2008) and the Alexia Foundation grant (2012).
Authors: François Cheval, Karin Karakaslı
Artists: Kathryn Cook
Designed by Kathryn Cook, Dominique Herbert
Hardcover with belly band
16 x 21 cm
70 color and b/w ills.