Karén Mirzoyan (b. 1981, Tbilisi, Georgia) lives and works in Yerevan, Armenia. Solo shows include Palazzo della Cancelleria, Vatican City, Rome, Italy (2013); Half King Gallery, New York, USA (2011); the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France (2011). Biennials include the Gyumri International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Gyumri, Armenia (2012), the Houston FotoFest Biennial, Houston, USA (2012), and the Armenian national pavilion at the 6 th Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, China (2015). He has exhibited internationally at museums and galleries including MOMA Tbilisi, Georgia (2019); Musee du quai Branly, Paris, France (2009), and Théâtre de la photographie et de l’image, Nice, France (2007).
Mirzoyan is a member of the Magnum Photography Foundation from which he has received several awards and recognitions over the years for his photo stories Underground Culture in Iran, Illegal Weapon in South Ossetia and Daily Life in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. His work hovers between photojournalism and art photography, often focusing on human rights with a particular interest in the stories of those who are unseen. Mirzoyan’s photo-stories often span several years, and involve research into a place, its culture and sociopolitical context, through the development of deep personal relationships. While photography remains at the core of his practice, he often incorporates drawing onto the printed image and has engaged in site-specific installation. He is the founder of The Mirzoyan Library, a photo gallery and photobook library in Yerevan.