‘Transfourming Sorrow’ by Kardash Onnig Pays Tribute to Grim Anniversary


Kardash Onnig with one of the organic speakers.

Kardash Onnig with one of the organic speakers.

STANFORDVILLE, N.Y. — “Transfourming Sorrow,” a multimedia installation by artist Kardash Onnig, will pay tribute to the systematic decimation of the Armenian population in Anatolian Turkey that began in 1915. It is also an invitation for people to mourn and transcend their own grief and sorrow.

When visitors enter the “Womb of Sorrow,” an acoustic sanctuary called a Mehian, they will encounter four different auditory experiences emanating from four large speakers handcrafted by Kardash. Armenian Blues – A recitation of Vahe Vahian’s poem by Melo Ekizian; Rhythmic heart beats – Percussionist Mher Vahakn Ajamian on drums; Vocal resonances – Zulal, Armenian A Capella Folk Trio and A Composition – Mixed by electronic musician Phil Moffa.

Visitors will then walk to “The Field of Transfourmation,” an intimate enclosure of 14 panels, each dedicated to a transference the artist had with others throughout his life, whereby an unspeakable loss and sorrow is transformed. The exhibit, at 76 Halas Lane, will open on Saturday, April 25 and continue May 2 – 9 – 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information, including directions, visit KardashOnnig.com.