“When do you think to return?” is a photography project by 4Plus. Documentary photographers Nazik Armenakyan, Piruza Khalapyan, and Vaghinak Ghazaryan have created photo and video essays, documenting the new reality that emerged as a consequence of Russia-Ukraine war, which forced a large number of Russians and Ukrainians to immigrate to Armenia, a country that went through the war not long ago in 2020.

The project attempts to explore and reveal how migration streams have affected Armenian social landscape and the ways these communities relate, start a dialogue and talk about war.

This is an attempt to chronicle the present-day reality that has undergone changes and has eventually changed the country’s social landscape. The photographic project further explores how geopolitical tensions and armed conflicts affect the lives of ordinary people and their citizenship status.

Editor of Armenian texts: Anush Kocharyan

Translation: Armine Bachachyan

Project layout: Karine Ghadyan

The project “When do you think to return?” is implemented by 4Plus Documentary Photography Center, with the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Armenia within Arts & Culture Small Grant. The project is part of SDC’s Arts and Culture Against the Crisis campaign, launched in April 2020 to address the socio-cultural and socio-economic issues faced by the Armenian population in the aftermath of the crisis of the 2020 War and the COVID-19 pandemic.