Sonia Balassanian: Imagine Otherwise

Sonia Balassanian: Imagine Otherwise
Library Shelf Location 18.BALA
Publication Date 2022

Imagine Otherwise is an anthology of books on queer, non-binary, or female-identifying artists who have produced a substantial body of work but may have no publication concerning their art or life in print at the time of commissioning.

The overall proposition, to “imagine” a world “otherwise,” stems from the desire to find a different way of looking, writing, and reading about art.

Can art be examined unreservedly, unburdened of the limits imposed by any perceived “dominant hand” of hegemony?

In the first volume of the series, author, Dr. Omar Kholeif reveals a deeply personal portrait of Iranian Armenian American artist Sonia Balassanian. Weaving through poetry, memoir, and historical anecdote, Kholeif explodes the edges of the New York art world, tracing the contours of Balassanian’s world.

Sonia Balassanian was born to a family of Armenian heritage, in Arak, near Isfahan, Iran in 1942. Uninspired by the rigid curriculum in which she was instructed, the young artist began her creative pursuits by writing poetry. After her marriage to Edward Balassanian at the age of twenty-three, she moved with her husband to the US to study fine art, where she principally lives and works to this day. With a career spanning more than five decades, Sonia Balassanian’s art is celebrated for its political fervor, as it is for its lyricism, and its occasional whimsy, which sparkles despite the political chaos and turmoil that has surrounded her.

ISBN 00/00/2022
Quantity 1
Pages 96pp, 11×16 cm
Editor Rebecca Morrill
Author Omar Kholeif
Format Softcover
Publisher Sternberg Press, Berlin
Related Artist Sonia Balassanian
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords mixed media sculpture, mixed media, Abstract painting, Painting, installation art, Women artists, Multimedia, collage, Abstract Expressionism, Abstract art, Female Artists
Artist's Nationality Armenian, Iranian

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