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  1. Krunk. The Crane that flew over the Fatherland
    2005 - ongoing

    Back in Soviet times, my father, who was of Armenian origin, once dreamed of building a family home in Kaltene by the sea in Latvia, a place to live the rest of his life in and to bring up children. Although the architectural blueprint was designed and the foundations of the house laid, his dream never reached fruition: his young life was cut short by a heart attack when I was only six months old at the time. I don't remember my father, but I still remember my grandfather who used to come from Tbilisi to Kaltene when I was a little child.

    When I've lost my father in my age of six months I've also lost an access to Armenian identity in the area where we were the only family with Armenian genetics. This was my assimilation.

    Now I’ve decided to follow his footsteps, trace the past and create a story about my father, our genetics, the Armenian diaspora in Latvia and Georgia, and history of the land of my forefathers in Georgia and Armenia. “Krunk” means “crane” in Armenian and it is a symbol of longing for one’s homeland, a song sung by wanderers that embodies the historical fate of the Armenian people. The song, composed by Komitas and sung for centuries, has become a quasi-official state hymn, a hymn of sadness, longing and exodus to faraway places, just like the crane, headed for foreign lands, made its song heard throughout the world.

    My deepest roots can be found in Armenia, for I believe that the Armenian spirit lives within me. True, I was born in Latvia, but am I a Latvian? Would I be able to return to the homeland of my great-grandfather and to spread my roots in Armenia’s soil? The questions outnumber the answers, and, in searching for the latter, I appealed to the Armenian soil itself, by bringing and planting in it an acorn from one of our Latvian oak trees. Will it manage to grow and spread its roots in the Armenian soil? It seems that only time will tell.

    The project is a chapter of the trilogy where each part deals separately with the notions and meanings of Homeland, Fatherland, and Motherland from a deeply personal and autobiographical perspective.

  2. Photobook dummy /
    Krunk. The Crane that flew over the Fatherland
    2018 - ongoing


    The first edition of this dummy is produced in association with the 2018 ISSP Photobook as Object
    workshop by Yumi Goto and Jan Rosseel.

    Edition of 2