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Chant Avedissian

Date: 1951-2018, born Egypt
Chant Avedissian was born in 1951 in Cairo, the son of Armenian refugees who fled the Turkish incursions in 1915-16. Orphaned as a teenager, Avedissian led a migratory life, developing a keen sense for cultural images, signs and icons. After studying fine art in Montreal and applied art in Paris during the 1970s, he returned to Egypt in 1980, convinced that painting with oils was inappropriate and ineffective for his artistic expression and Egyptian audience. He turned, instead, to photography and costume and textile design.
Upon his return to Egypt, Avedissian-already an experienced photographer-began to document the works of Hassan Fathy, an Egyptian architect who was among the first to incorporate local materials, craftsmanship and styles into his buildings. While traveling around Egypt photographing Fathy's works, Avedissian visited built sites and immersed himself in local artistic practices. These experiences later led him to use local, recycled materials in his stenciled monotypes.

Exhibited widely, his artwork is held by the National Museum of African Art, the British Museum, London, the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, and private collectors.


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