Ten years in the making, ‘Survivors’ is a photographic narrative about surviving victims of the Armenian genocide, which includes portraits, interior scenes, witness testimonies and archival photographs. The project shows the significance of photography in forging an understanding of 1915 and its impact on individual identities.
The project began as a single portrait assignment while I was completing a photo-documentary course at the Caucasus Media Institute in 2005. But the overwhelming reaction to that first photograph - Remella Amlikyan’s portrait – encouraged me to develop this project further. It was important for me to show that these people… were not immortal, even if they had lived a hundred years and still continued to live because they have a message. I understood that having kept their message silent for all these years, they were waiting for something.
After a long pause from the Soviet time, dogfights between Armenian herding dogs became popular again. Armenians call these dogs Armenian Gampr.
RETURN OF DARK DAYS - NAGORNO KARABAKH
Visits to Nagorno Karabakh have been like light trips to the land of gorgeous nature in the last several years. But pain is always felt here. And for many years it has not been felt like in these days of fighting. In this land, pain mixes with decisive character, one that needs to be recognised.
Clashes between Azerbaijani forces and Nagorno Karabakh escalated to a great extent in the night of April 1-2, 2016. More than 100 soldiers, on both sides, and several civilians were killed as results of these clashes. After several days of war, ceasefire agreement was announced on April 5th between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
While sides are negotiating in a ceasefire, the spirit of Karabakh and its people is heavy, with a desire for peace.