Anouchian Passport Portrait Series

The Anouchian Passport Portrait Series (2010- ) is a planned suite of 198 images of 99 women and 99 men, whose portraits (held by Beirut’s Arab Image Foundation) were taken by the Tripoli-based Armenian photographer Antranik Anouchian (1908-1991).  Waheed’s renderings, which she groups in nines by category- Men with Glasses, Women with Headscarfs, etc.- are painstakingly created in pencil/charcoal by moving her hand like a printer-head, from left to right, over the paper’s ridges.  The drawings are like apparitions, slowly revealing the faces of a long disappeared era in Lebanon, captured by a man who himself escaped the mass obliteration of the Armenian people in 1915-1917.

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Anouchian Passport Portrait Series: Men with Glasses & Suits 1/9, 2008-2010
Xylene Transfer & Pencil on paper
31 x 23.9 cm
Anouchian Passport Portrait Series: Men with Glasses & Suits 2/9, 2008-2010
Xylene Transfer & Pencil on paper
31 x 23.9 cm
Anouchian Passport Portrait Series: Men with Glasses & Suits 3/9, 2008-2010
Xylene Transfer & Pencil on paper
31 x 23.9 cm
Anouchian Passport Portrait Series: Men with Glasses & Suits 4/9, 2008-2010
Xylene Transfer & Pencil on paper
31 x 23.9 cm
Anouchian Passport Portrait Series: Men with Glasses & Suits 5/9, 2008-2010
Xylene Transfer & Pencil on paper
31 x 23.9 cm
Anouchian Passport Portrait Series: Men with Glasses & Suits 6/9, 2008-2010
Xylene Transfer & Pencil on paper
31 x 23.9 cm
Anouchian Passport Portrait Series: Men with Glasses & Suits 7/9, 2008-2010
Xylene Transfer & Pencil on paper
31 x 23.9 cm
Anouchian Passport Portrait Series: Men with Glasses & Suits 8/9, 2008-2010
Xylene Transfer & Pencil on paper
31 x 23.9 cm
Anouchian Passport Portrait Series: Men with Glasses & Suits 9/9, 2008-2010
Xylene Transfer & Pencil on paper
31 x 23.9 cm