Il faut que les braises de Constantinople s’envolent jusqu’en Europe.

2020 - in progress
With the support of La Fondation des Artistes and Centre National des Arts Plastiques.

Topakian’s grandfather Haig arrived in France in the 20s and died without telling the story of life during Ottoman times, in Kayseri then Constantinople. Before he died, he gave a novel to his children, Un poignard dans ce jardin by Vahé Katcha, in which he slipped a note telling them how his family survived the genocide, and how a particular passage of the book reminded him of this moment. Giving this book was to him a way to tell his experience, but also to share his vision of Constantinople.

Following the thread of genealogical and historic research, Topakian wanders in Istanbul and Talas, Anatolia, looking for her family house and village, images relating to the book offered by her grand-father and what experience he might have lived, and meeting turkish citizens, Armenian or not, whose relation to their own identity is often complex and difficult. 

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