Born in 1983 in Metsamor, Armenia.
Lives and works in Yerevan, Armenia.
My place is empty (Memories of disappearing city)
My place is empty (Memories of disappearing city) is a narrative about the artist's teenage life and childhood replete with her experiences, fears and memories. She tells her story through images of her birthplace, the city of Metsamor.
In recounting the story of her family, she photographs the city that grows old. Day by day, elements disappear- another house is abandonned, a new hole emerges, another tree cut, recalling the loss of memory in old age. The project is a portrait, the complex portrait of a city, person, state and time period. This portrait includes separate narratives which resembles chapters of a book: City, People,Family, Nuclear Power Station, Hospital, Dormitory, School, Kindergarten. Each chapter raising questions and generating images of past and present.
Piruza Khalapyan’s exhibitions include: 2016: A Room of Photographer’s Own, Yerevan; 2013: Woman Photographers, Yerevan; 2012: Artsakhian picture, Yerevan; 2008-2009 Close to Home, travelling exhibition (London, Belfast, Thessaloniki, Sofia, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Nicosia, Bucharest, Krakow), British Council.
Image made in late 80’s and depicting children of Metsamor.
The windows of the artists's apartment when it was on sale in 2014
The former Sport School Pool of Metsamor