Living in the Shadow of the Armenian Genocide

Christina Barba

A multimedia exhibit that makes tangible the theoretical concept of postmemory.

 

This installation is a part of INTER\VIEWS: an inter\active oral history exhibition, showcasing multimedia projects and stories recorded by the 2018-2019 cohort of Columbia University’s Oral History MA program. Register here!

pictured: Andranik Donpet Vartanian, Susan Vartanian Barba, Nvart Ordookhanian Vartanian

pictured: Andranik Donpet Vartanian, Susan Vartanian Barba, Nvart
Ordookhanian Vartanian

 

In this exhibit we watch the only child of a Genocide survivor as she listens to her father talk about the catastrophic acts of violence he experienced during the Armenian Genocide. In video footage taped thirty-five years later, long after her father’s death, we hear and see her speak about him and the Genocide to her daughter, the creator of this exhibit. We bear witness to the transmission of memory, inherited trauma and the convergence of personal and transgenerational memory.

Christina Barba is a granddaughter of Armenian Genocide survivor, Andranik Donpet Vartanian. In addition to being a part-time OHMA student at Columbia and mother of two children, Christina is an attorney who spent the majority of her career as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting public corruption at the Bronx DA’s Office. She is currently a Hearing Officer for the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings where she adjudicates administrative law matters as an impartial judge and issues written decisions post-hearing. Christina can be reached at: christinabarba@gmail.com.