Participant Profile

Farrah Karapetian, University of San Diego

United States
San Diego

Farrah Karapetian is a California-based artist working primarily with camera-less photography. Exploring struggle as her subject, Karapetian achieves imagery that refigures the medium of photography around bodily experience. She received a California Community Foundation Mid-Career Artist Fellowship, a grant for Artistic Innovation from the Center for Cultural Innovation in 2012 and was a resident at the MacDowell Colony in 2010. Karapetian’s most recent solo exhibition was at Danziger Gallery in New York in 2015.

Karapetian is particularly interested in the idea of what makes propaganda successful. Her work is influenced by the Russian avant-garde tradition which strongly ties abstraction, photography, and political expression. The National Library of Russia has an extensive collection of global propaganda. Karapetian explored this historical work and the Library’s collection of avant-garde photography and books. Collecting relevant imagery and text, she worked to achieve an abstract visual system and distilled it into the camera-less photographic language.