Gariné Torossian has much to teach viewers about the experience of dwelling in displacement.
Djulfa, a sacred site for Armenian Christians, is disqualified from consideration because the host of this year’s UNESCO World Heritage Committee session, the government of Azerbaijan, has erased its existence and destroyed tens of thousands of Armenian cultural monuments.
Armenian photographers played a prominent role in the early development and spread of photography throughout the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East.
Since 2008, the Armenia-based documentary photographer Anush Babajanyan has captured, in her words, “the brightest strangers in Armenia.”
In September of 2009, Neery Melkonian and I went on a ghost chase.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the small, landlocked country of Armenia has been in a constant state of sociopolitical flux.
Following the attempts of three Azerbaijani officials to remove photographs from the Armenian Pavilion at the 6th Beijing International Art Biennale (BIAB) last month, the special exhibit, Dreamscapes, now stands edited from its original presentation by its curator and the biennale’s organizers, who took down one work and a number of wall labels.
Sculptor Mehmet Aksoy may have scored a victory earlier this year, when the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was fined about $3,800 for calling his unfinished “Monument to Humanity” a “monstrosity,” but now the artist is facing 56 months in prison for insulting the president.
LONDON — “Nagorno” is a Russian word for “mountain,” while “Karabakh” is a word of Turkic and Persian origin meaning “black garden.” When joined by a hyphen, the two words denote the boiling point of the Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed enclave — one of post-Soviet Europe’s “frozen conflicts” — that doubles as a mountainous graveyard.
YEREVAN, Armenia — The Russians are not just trying to exert themselves in Ukraine; they are actively staking claims to their irredenta throughout their former territories. The opposition in Armenia has lacked the drama and intensity of the resistance in Ukraine and Georgia, but there is a small artistic challenge to what many are calling the Russian recolonization of the area.