It all began in the photo lab of his father in Damascus, where Hrair Sarkissiann learned the basics of photography. He then continued his studies in the Netherlands, continuing to principally use analogue techniques. It is reductive to define him as a photographer, Sarkissian is also an archeologist and a narrator using images. His photos often give form to otherwise-hidden elements or things that might otherwise go unnoticed. Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with Bonnier Konsthall, Stockholm and Bonnefanten, Maastricht, present The Other Side of Silence, Sarkissian’s largest exhibition to date. In the last twenty years, his work has evolved to include video, sculpture, sound and installations. Among the works on display, Execution Squares from 2008, composed of fourteen photos that reproduce the public squares of three Syrian cities, Aleppo, Damascus and Lattakia, where capital punishments were carried out. There’s also Final Flight, a sculptural piece (2018-2019) of one of the rarest birds on Earth on the verge of extinction and a photographic installation, Last Seen (2021), commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation specifically for the exhibition.