Farrah Karapetian makes photography physical; her artistic methods incorporate sculptural and performative means of achieving imagery that refigures the medium of photography around bodily experience. Her work “marries two traditions in photography — that of the staged picture and of the image made without a camera” (Los Angeles Times 2015.) Her photograms and the sculptural negatives she makes en route to their exposure move in and out of abstraction and figuration and “disrupt and call attention to our era’s deeply entrenched response of permitting the constant newsfeed of documentary to slide by us as political ephemera”(Georgia Review 2015.) The work is a conscious, relational strategy of personal encounter and exchange that hinges on a sense of the contest between individual agency and authority.
Her work is in public collections that include the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Russia (2018), a Pollock-Krasner Award (2017), a California Community Foundation Mid-Career Artist Fellowship (2014), and a Warhol Arts Writers Grant (2013) for her blog Housing Projects, about the house in and as contemporary art. Recent exhibitions include The Fabric of Felicity, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2018); Synthesize, MOCA Jacksonville (2017); Light Play: Experiments in Photography, 1970 to the Present, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2017); A Matter of Memory, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY (2016); The Surface of Things, Houston Center for Photography (2016); and About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA (2016). She holds an MFA from the University of California at Los Angeles and a BA from Yale University.