Arts & culture, Visual arts

Thirty-six graduating artists, three rooms, memories of a genocide

By Public Affairs

In an art work currently on view in UC Berkeley’s Kroeber Hall, fourth-year student Tara Baghdassarian commemorates the 101st anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Her installation, “Descendants of 1915,” combines face casts of Bay Area Armenian Americans with video recordings of the same individuals, recounting their ancestors’ experiences.

“From a young age, I have been raised to recognize and advocate for justice and acknowledgment of the genocide,” Baghadassarian says. The piece highlights “forgotten truths of the past through the voices and faces of descendants.”

Her installation is part of the Department of Art Practice senior-thesis exhibition “36 Artists in 3 Rooms,” on view in the Worth Ryder Art Gallery in Kroeber through Tuesday, May 17.

For details, including gallery hours, see the Worth Ryder website .