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Chair of the nation

Text by Karin Grigoryan On April 23, the Republic square of Republic of Armenia was full of Armenians celebrating the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. Call it the happiest and crazy holiday of Armenians of all time! While the peaceful protests of thousands citizens continue throughout Armenia, the post of Prime Minister remains vacant. Nikol Pashinyan, symbolically ‘elected’ by ...

The Not-growing Children of People

The intimate relationship between people and animals is frequently met. Animals are the not-growing children of people, and people always take up the long lasting care of them. The necessity of the care for animals stimulates the development of the feeling of responsibility and the enhancement of the meaning of the ego of the owner.          ...

Women of War

Some of them left their little children, some of them were pregnant, some of them lied to their families and went to war. Qotot, Kara, Hasmik, Jemma, Manush and others fought next to boys for their country. According to Encyclopedia of "The Karabakh Liberation war: 1988-1994" over 200 women volunteered to participate in the Nagorno Karabakh war.       &nbs...

The Salt of the Earth

Two and a half minutes in the elevator and 235 m below the surface of the ground opens up a landscape of salt. With uneven relief and repeating arches the long corridor leads to an underground cave, where the relation with the world above is cut from the first moments. The underground sanatorium - the Republican Speleological Therapeutic Center - is located in the Salt mine of Yerevan’s Ava...

The Village Doctor

After thinking over my text long, I eventually decided to put down Nune’s direct interview, leaving my questions out. “I haven’t had an alternative in the choice of my profession, since I have grown up in a family of doctors and haven't imagined myself in any other profession. I have interacted with patients since childhood; my days have passed in different hospitals. My father was a surgeon, m...

The Reality of Heroes

Text by Sara Khojoyan The wounded heroes live in a different reality. A special department at the Mikaelyan Institute of Surgery reflects that reality. The long corridor leads you to the patient and therapy rooms on both sides where the wounded soldiers are still in hospital bed but with their lives being changed every single day due to the consecutive physical and mental treatment - therapies,...

Brief Encounters

6 regions, 52 schools, 5000 students, 71 teachers. This is the statistics of the program “Teach for Armenia”. Every time a first encounter - villages with smoke from the chimneys, mud, moisture,  uncompromising school bell, shaking hands, a coffee table, window panes deprived of paint, equally spread dung. “Teach for Armenia” is a program for young specialists, who know Armenian and want to ...

The Veterans of the Theater

By Gayane Harutyunyan I was studying photography and law 16 years ago. I didn’t become a lawyer, but I kept photographing until now. Yet once Elbakyans  offered me to work at the theater as a sound operator. I was always thinking I wouldn’t probably stay at the theater long, but five years ago I discovered that I stayed.           ...

On the Seashore of Armenia

By Anna Davtyan Let’s define a country: post-Soviet – which Armenia is; post war - like the one in Nagorno Karabakh that remains unresolved up to now; post traumatic - as after the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Developing. Provincial. In transition. Eastern. European. Small. Riddled with corruption. In love. Sad. Having fun. In a relationship with photography. Photography mostly follows these defi...

Other Motherland

My three-year old son was telling for several days about the newcomer African boy at their kindergarten. “Alvin’s face is black, his hands are black outside and white in the palms. His mother’s face and hands are also black”, my son would repeat in the same astonishment every time. Alvin’s mother Lamaghana lives in Armenia for 8 years now. She has come to Armenia at 21 from Guinea. She confe...