“About the Alternative World of Spaces Between Objects” is the second part of photographer Davit Nersisyan’s larger body of work about the visually impaired in Armenia. The first chapter, “Choir in the Dark” is a visual exploration of the persistence of a choir where most members are visually impaired. In this next chapter, Nersisyan explores the most intimate physical spaces – their own rooms, by asking the person who inhabits the space, but does not see it, to map it.
A Story About the Alternative World of Spaces Between Objects
Rooms are where we spend most of our time. They are made of objects we know well — a wardrobe, a table, a computer. But we are never as comforted to find them or hardly can we know these objects in as much detail as those who do not see them. Rarely are we aware of the absence of information in the spaces between one object and the other. Rarely are we aware of the lack of certainty that lingers in the space that links one object with another.
In the same way, not everyone in these photographs knows how to draw a line, to connect the floor plan of a living space with the objects that fill it. The room is not the epicenter of the world of all who are visually impaired. We share the world as we share the house and the room. We share professions, hobbies, tastes. But then there are rooms that are whole worlds.
Zurab Paremuzyan in his room, Yerevan.
Hakob Karapetyan in his room, Yerevan.
Anush Mkhitaryan in her room, Yerevan.
Aleksandr Zhuykov in his room, Yerevan.
Hakob Babayan & Giorgi Grigoryan in their shared room, Yerevan.
Levon Karapetyan in his room, Yerevan.
Bagrat Makaryan in his room, Artashat.
Karen Gasparyan in his room, Yerevan.
Vahan Sargsyan in his room, Vanadzor.
Edited and curated by Mirzoyan Library.