Marie Zolamian


Drawing (ink on paper)
16 x 25 cm
Purchase SPACE Liege
Acquisition: 2010
Location: Liege-Musée des Beaux-Arts

Of Armenian origin, Marie Zolamian was born in Beyrouth and arrived in Belgium in 1990 when she was 15 years old. In her work she mixes her memories with the present and East and West, all with great sensitivity. Her work is about exile – the first time, others out of choice (New York, Istanbul, Naples….) – and the sense of absence it evokes; forgetting and being uprooted. But she also speaks about rebuilding oneself in a new hybrid environment, with a new language and a new culture. She speaks of salvaging and reinventing collective memories. In order to do this, Marie Zolamian creates the missing stories. She gradually grabs everything she finds around her; old photos, forgotten sculptures and children’s stories . SPACE has acquired one of the drawings from her Intérieurs (Interiors) series. With this piece, the choice of surface takes on the same importance as the motif – old paper from an old book or exercise book. The floral, almost arabesque, motifs are reminiscent of faded wallpaper. On this paper, she has sketched the different rooms of a house, a reconstruction of a place from the past, lost or forgotten, but which can tell a thousand stories. (Genaro Marcos)


Lives and works in Liege