Zarouhie Abdalian

Away Setting, 2012 Timers, lights, inaccessible split-level rooms Installation view, Shanghai Biennial Courtesy of the artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco.

Away Setting, 2012
Timers, lights, inaccessible split-level rooms
Installation view, Shanghai Biennial
Courtesy of the artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco.


I make site-oriented installations; more specifically, I work with those features regarded as intrinsic to a site-as-system. Whether merely gallery walls, lighting systems, or windows, these ‘givens’ constitute the basic materials of my work, understanding that each of my operations on these elements doubles as a discursive act. The resulting artworks chiefly concern the material and social conditions under which they are nominated as art; by highlighting, skewing, or performing other operations on the specific features that express these constraints, I mean to upset the normal operability of these systems or at least, to prompt a reconsideration of their terms.

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