Digital Premiere - They Will Take My Island

They Will Take My Island

They Will Take My Island (2021), a collaboration between composer Mary Kouyoumdjian and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), explores the life and influence of Armenian American abstract painter Arshile Gorky. Highly personal original short films and unreleased scenes by Egoyan are interwoven with interviews and new scores by Kouyoumdjian performed by the acclaimed JACK and Silvana Quartets. 

They Will Take My Island begins with a photograph of a young Gorky with his mother, taken just before the Armenian Genocide of 1915. It ends with Gorky’s painting hanging in a museum gallery. The complex story of this Armenian American artist is at the root of this world-premiere MetLiveArts digital commission, exploring themes of family, identity and immigration.

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