‘The i’ By Harry Vorperian: A Reflection on the Individual and Collective Experience

ATWATER VILLAGE–A special art exhibition organized by Harry Vorperian on Saturday, November 6 sought to portray the human condition in the modern era and reflect on the individual and the collective–the ethnicity and the human being–in the face of crisis, big and small.

“The i” according to Vorperian, who is a longtime artist and manages Horizon Armenian Television, is a reflection of the individual, but in this case “The i” is a collective I,” he says. “It’s about the general human population, from all nationalities and walks of life.”

“I was trying to make people realize, to see, to be aware without preaching, that we as people–both individually and collectively–have problems. There is dysfunction in this world, there are looming threats,” Vorperian explains. “You can decide if you want to face those problems or avoid them.”

Vorperian says, the exhibit was a connected experience, from the dance performance about the “The Dysfunctional Dining Table for the Dysfunctional Family,” choreographed by Anna Jambazian, to the song written for the same piece by Melineh Kurdian, to the “And In The End” dealing mainly with Armenians losing their identity.

“Identity is what makes you; for Armenians, what identifies and differentiates them is their language, and they are losing it,” Vorperian says. “I wanted to raise that issue within the broader exhibition.”

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