Light–guard–house: Installation by Farrah Karapetian

by | Jul 10, 2022 | 3 comments

An amazing exhibit by Farrah Karapetian is open until October 23, 2022 at the Wende Museum in Culver City, California. From the museum website:

The 20-square foot aluminum guardhouse that sat outside the ADN headquarters in East Berlin from 1971–92 is both an artifact of an atmosphere of mistrust and representative of past and current political protectionism. Artist Farrah Karapetian will turn this structure into a lighthouse, changing a gesture of suspicion into a gesture of welcome. The windows of the guardhouse will be tinted in a rainbow gradient encompassing all of the colors potentially included in national flags. Over the course of the Wende’s concurrent exhibition, The Medium is the Message: Flags and Banners, Karapetian will engage with the public about experiences they have had as migrants. As the stories accumulate and become available on the museum’s website, the light inside the lighthouse will pause at the various colors associated with the flags of the respective national borders crossed. Rather than the finality of immigration, the artist’s focus is the prevalence of migration, asking visitors: What experiences of welcome or mistrust have occurred as you have moved internationally? How have they colored your life in their wake?  READ MORE.


  1. Attractive and thought-provoking.

  2. Immediate Liking to this idea! Profound. Wonderful.

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