About her work
Trained as a filmmaker with extensive research experience in the field, Chaghig Arzoumanian, the realist but very solid and curious aesthetic of the moving image has largely influenced her photography work. Always with a urban focus, stitching together almost impossible landscapes with different layers of memory, the artist treats the real world as a palimpsest for storytelling, searching hidden grounds and cinematic moments that either completely freeze movement or infinitely accelerate it. The compositions are also painterly, filled to the brim with variations and clean observational edges, even when the surface is blurry. A certain instinct for dead nature reminds one of the early modernist photography mimicking still lifes but under the influence of a much powerful narrative device. Animated by an architectural horizon, Arzoumanian finds always the purest visual strategies to convey a story of dereliction and abandonment.
Chaghig Arzoumanian is a Lebanese filmmaker, editor and photographer. She was born in Beirut in 1988 and at present works between Paris, Marseille and Beirut.
She graduated from the University of Paris VIII holding a double master degree in film direction and in valorization of film heritage and was formed to film restoration at the Portuguese film archive laboratory (ANIM).
She directed several short movies, and a medium; Au retour des marées. Geographies, her first feature film premiered in March 2016 at the 37th edition of Festival Cinéma du Réel in Paris.
She co-edited Obscure by filmmaker Soudade Kaadan (2016) and E-muet by Corine Shawi (2013) that premiered at the festival FID Marseille.
Chaghig exposed her photography projects “Witches” and “The hidden place” at the
Galerie Janine Rubeiz in Beirut respectively in 2016 and 2013 during two collective exhibitions.
Nowadays she's working on a photography book about the old Lebanese mental asylum, Asfourieh.