Friday, January 16, 2015



Farrah Karapetian's photograms excavate the memories of her subjects; the camera-less photographic method closely engaging those subjects in the process of their own representation. The constituent parts of the medium are broken down and then reinvented to suit each concept: the installation site becomes the work's frame, for example, while a resin sculpture or performative reenactment becomes the negative. The work threads personal narrative into the public sphere and back again; often siphoning themes of struggle and dissonance through a filter generating unexpected beauty and grace.

Karapetian was born in Marin, CA, in 1978. She received a BA from Yale and an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA; the Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, CA; the UCR/California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA; the Orange County Museum of Art; and the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, CA.

Karapetian lives and works in Los Angeles.


2008 MFA University of California, Los Angeles, CA 2000 BA Yale University, New Haven, CT 


2015 The Shape of Sound, Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Prone Position, Solo public project for Freeway Studies #2, Inside the Quad, OTIS Ben Maltz 

Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (organized by Meg Linton)

2012 Student Body Politic, Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Representation Cubed, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA 2011 Accessory to Protest, LEADAPRON, Los Angeles, CA

Shadowbox Kamikaze, PØST, Los Angeles, CA

2010 Broken Windows Theory, Kantor Gallery, New York, NY 2009 Lightyear, Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Tragic Muse, Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2008 Int./Ext., Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
Shipping Container, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles, CA 


2014 The Wall in our Heads, Goethe-Institut, Washington, DC (curated by Paul M. Farber) AMBITIOUS, Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Fifth Wall, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (curated by Irene Tsatsos) 

Prep School: Prepper & Survivalist Ideologies and Utopian/Dystopian Visions, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA (curated by Max Presneill)

Trouble With the Index, California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock, Riverside, CA (curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers) 

2013 Rogue Wave 2013: 15 Artists from Los Angeles, LA Louver, Venice, CA

2013 California-Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (curated by

Dan Cameron)

2012 The Black Mirror, Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Diane Rosenstein and James Welling)
Don’t the Sun Look Angry at Me: Pictures and Objects from Los Angeles Now, Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA
Grey Full, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Geoffrey Young) 2011 Major Grey, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

2010 Session_7_Words, Krabbesholm FourBoxes Gallery, Denmark 

Border Art Biennial 2010 El Paso Museum of Art and Centro Cultural Paso del Norte, El Paso, TX, and Juárez, MX (juried by Rita Gonzalez and Itala Schmelz) 

Two Halves, with RJ Messineo, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, CA (organized by Eve Fowler and Lucas Michaels) 

Lovingly, Rose Peebles, Brand Library, Glendale, CA (curated by Kim Schoen)

Open House | State Secrets, with Mitch McEwen and B.E.A.S.T., Superfront, Los Angeles, CA

Flirtation, Love, Passion, Hate, Separation, PØST, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Calvin Phelps)

Excess | Liquidity, with X | Atelier, Superfront, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Session_7_Words, Am Nuden Da, London, England

Wall as Canvas I, Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War, Los Angeles, CA Perception as Object, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Imaginary Thing, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (curated by Peter Eleey)

LA Confidentiel, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Parc Saint-Léger, France (curated by Sandra Patron

and Allyson Spellacy

Something About Rooms and Walls, Superfront, Brookly, NY (curated by Mitch Mcewen)

2005 Critics’ Picks, Black & White Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Lilly Wei and Megan Heuer)

2002 New Photography, SFMOMA Artist's Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2014 California Community Foundation Mid-Career Artist Fellowship

2013 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation, ARTS WRITERS GRANT PROGRAM 

2012 Center for Cultural Innovation, Investing In Artists Grant, Innovation Category 2012 Artplace, Funding for Flint Public Art Project, Flint, MI

2010 MacDowell Colony, Monadnock, NH, Residency

2009 Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War, Los Angeles, CA, Residency 2009 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant | New York, NY

2008 Hoyt Scholarship, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Lillian Levinson Scholarship, Los Angeles, CA 2007 UCLA Fine Arts Travel Grant, Hiroshima, Japan 

2007 Corine Tyler Walker Prize, Los Angeles, CA 2000 Sudler Fellowship, New Haven, CT

1999 Sudler Fellowship, New Haven, CT

1999 Richter Fellowship, Spain, Morocco


2014 Jacobson, Louis. “Two Takes on the Berlin Wall at the Goethe-Institut.” Washington City Paper (November 11, 2014).
Lisci, Luca. “Begone and present.” TAR digital edition, May 31-June 6, 2014.

Schwendener, Martha. “Origins Story, Through a Modern Lens – Experimental Strategies at Aipad’s Photography Show.” New York Times, April 10, 2014.

Nazarevskaia, Kristina. “Top AIPAD Recommendations: Farrah Karapetian at Von Lintel Gallery.” galleryIntell, April, 2014.

2013 Black, Ezrha Jean. “Between a Rock and Ice.” Artillery, November/December 2013. 2012 Lipschutz, Yael. “Review of Representation Cubed,” Whitehot Magazine. June 2012. 

Hsing-Huei Chou, Elizabeth. “ELAC Space Shows Art That’s Here Today,” EGP News. May 2012. Mizota, Sharon. “Review of Representation Cubed,” Los Angeles Times. May 2012.

Heuer, Megan. “500 Words, as told to.” Artforum.com, Spring 2012.

Frank, Peter. “Haiku Review: Paper Hearts and Harpsichords.” Huffington Post, February 29, 2012. 

2010 Martin, Terri. “Review of Lovingly, Rose Peebles.” Glendale News, December 10, 2010. “Artist Curated Projects: A Radical Artist-for-and-by Artist Collective.” Interview Magazine, December 2010.

“OPEN HOUSE, STATE SECRETS.” Polimorfo Journal (Puerto Rico), Summer 2010.

Killion, Stephen. “Empowering Architecture – Open House, State Secrets.” Architizer, Summer 2010.

2009 Ollman, Leah. “Farrah Karapetian at Sandroni Rey.” Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2009. 

Souza, John. “Farrah Karapetian: Tragic Muse’ at Sandroni.Rey.” Artweek, April 2009. Shaw, Michael. “Farrah Karapetian at Sandroni.Rey.” artslant.com, February 2009 “Catherine Taft’s Round-Up of the Best Shows in LA.” saatchi-gallery.co.uk, February 2009. 

“art la 09: no country for old men.” venicepaper.net, February 2009.

2008 Ramade, Benedicte. "Los Angeles Sous Le Manteau.” Zérodeux, Automne 2008.

“Continuing and Recommended Exhibitions.” Artsenecal, March 2008. 2003 Baker, Kenneth. "Artists on Art.” San Francisco Chronicle, May 2003.


Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

New Pacific Realty (Richard Meier & Partners) Beverly Hills, CA Material Press Limited Edition

Project Space, Los Angeles, CA Flint Public Art Project, Flint, MI

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