Osheen Harruthoonyan’s family story stretches across the globe. From his Italian grandmother orphaned in India to his own upbringing spanning Greece, Iran and Canada and later moves from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal, Harruthoonyan’s world seems to always be spinning.Perhaps that’s why this photographer is drawn to create images of space — planets, stars, galaxies that by the moment we see them are already in the past. Part of Harruthoonyan’s family history is intertwined in the Armenian genocide, with other pieces of their past left in places whose names have now changed. For the Montreal-based artist, the universe is always changing — and always related to his own memory and history.
– Written by Lise Hosein
Visions of an Alternate Earth: How One Photographer Is Merging Science & Art
Daily VICE – November 2016
Osheen Harruthoonyan has been looking into space for inspiration for years. But the photographer is also fascinated with biology and life’s inner workings. In the lab, he mixes his own chemicals and uses tools better suited for dentistry and medicine. His new exhibition is on now in Toronto and premieres in Montreal later this month. We met him at a Montreal darkroom to see his unorthodox process and find out why he says looking at his photos is like looking through a telescope and a microscope at the same time.
Saw the Splendor Exhibition – InnerSPACE – Space Channel – Bell Media
Interview by Amy Pagnota, Produced by Tim Powis + Amy Pagnotta – Aug. 2014
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GUP Magazine – Issue #53 – Infinity
Published May 2017 – Cheif Editor – Katherine Oktober Matthews
Where do we begin, when we talk about infinity? Where do we end? Or, is that looking at it the wrong way entirely, because we’ve already been doing it, and will always continue, forever?
GUP#53 looks towards the infinite, the concept of the immeasurable and the unending. We’ve got a full-length interview with Katrin Koenning by Chief Editor Katherine Oktober Matthews, as well as two supporting interviews with Klaus Pichler about his new book This Will Change Your Life Forever and Natalia Wiernik about her photographs that blur boundaries between background and foreground. We’ve also got an article on Maija Tammi’s work on immortality by Max van Steen, and an article about eternal love by Matthew Barlow featuring a work by Bryan Huynh. Our Editor-at-Large Erik Vroons presents a visual narrative on the never-ending conversation between images.
Photographers highlighted in the magazine include Francesca Cesari, Xiaoyi Chen, Osheen Harruthoonyan, Benedict Redgrove, Matjaž Tančič, Jessica Thalmann, and Hannes Wiedemann, among others.