Sarko Mutafyan

Epicenters

An excerpt from the feature on Then There Was Us:

The project ‘Epicenters’ became an attempt to piece together fragments from the many isolated stories I have heard about my family’s past, but had never known what was truly fact or fiction. To grapple with this sense of confusion and loss has been an interesting process, as it raised questions on where the foundation of a person’s identity lies. Is it in the cultural surroundings and the customs of the birthplace, in the storytelling and belonging to a family, or is it self-constructed?

For the full feature:
http://www.thentherewasus.co.uk/sarko-mutafyans-epicenters/

I travelled through the school I studied in, discovered distant family albums I had never seen at home, and visited the locations of their past that I had only heard about, all with the intention to ask the question, is there something left here that seems recognizable or personal? How come these relatives that I’m hearing about or seeing images of for the first time, have had full lives, only for them to disappear and take their stories with them for good, as if they never existed in the first place?

A note from relatives,
Date Erased/Unknown,
Circa 1920-1930

A note from relatives,
Date Erased/Unknown,
Circa 1920-1930

Still From 'Remembering Viola'

Still From 'Remembering Viola'

Still From 'Remembering Viola'

Still From 'Remembering Viola'

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