Kevork Mourad was born in Syria to a family of Armenian heritage, his ancestors having sought refuge there from the Armenian Genocide. He spent his childhood in Aleppo -- one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Impressed from a young age by the layered histories of the city’s architecture and by its religious and cultural diversity, Mourad has remained drawn to the synergies of cosmopolitanism, and its reflection in urban spaces. Suffused with culture and heritage, but also of destruction and loss, Mourad’s work often explores the complexities and connections between memory and place.
Memory Gates was created at Holy Cross by Mourad over a 10-day period, expanding on previous campus residencies with Arts Transcending Borders, where Mourad created collaborative work onstage in performance with musicians. For this installation, Mourad has employed a unique process that utilizes monotype prints applied to fabric, that are then drawn into, cut, and hung within the space. The resulting artwork occupies the intersection between printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and architecture, replete with exquisite detail expanded to an overwhelming, sublime scale. The gates appear constructed from stoney blocks conjured from ancient pasts, reminiscent of the monumental sculptures that would have defined boundaries, prescribed ritual, and imbued power in the cities of the ancient Mediterranean world. By tapping into this language -- at once distant and inherently familiar -- Mourad releases the objects from the specificities of the past and claims them for a shared, human, universal history.
Learn more about the artist at https://www.kevorkmourad.com.
Kevork Mourad received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in Armenia. He currently lives and works in New York. Mourad is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, and has worked with world-renowned musicians and composers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Kim Kashkashian, Osvaldo Golijov, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Brooklyn Rider; he has performed at prestigious venues around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Le Festival du Monde Arabe in Montreal, the Nara Museum in Japan, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the ElbPhilharmonie in Hamburg.
Mourad’s work has been presented at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, London’s Ismaili Center, the Beirut Art Fair, and he was recently included in the Asia Society’s New York Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone. Projects have included: Home Within with Kinan Azmeh; Manuel De Falla's Master Peter's Puppet Show performed with The Knights at Tanglewood and the Bric, and On Foot, with Battery Dance Company. In February 2018, he performed Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and in October 2020 he premiered the visuals for Beethoven’s Fidelio for the Korea National Opera.
Memory Gates is co-sponsored by the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery and Arts Transcending Borders
Gallery as Studio: ArtBreak with Kevork Mourad
Check in virtually -- or in person -- with artists Kevork Mourad as he creates Memory Gates. Ask questions and listen as he describes his spontaneous drawing and printmaking techniques. In person attendance is limited and restricted to the Holy Cross community.
Feb. 25 | 12 - 12:45 PM | Register to attend via Zoom
Feb. 26 | 4:30 - 5:15 PM | Register to attend via ZoomMar. 2 | 12 - 12:45 PM | Register to attend via Zoom
March 4 | 4 PM Opening Artist’s Talk “Kevork Mourad: Memory Gates” Live streamed on YouTube, Registration requested