Why Now? Why Me?
As a descendant of the last century’s first, fully documented, yet to
against 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottomans, I well know of the wounds of near annihilation –
and its residual scars on the generations following.
Having spent years interviewing artists living in exile, I feel it is then my duty as a descendent of the
20th century’s first ethnic cleansing campaign and man’s inhumanity to man, to shed light upon the
physical and emotional impacts of war that
It is also perhaps my desperate plea to the world powers to stop the senseless wars, destruction,
killings and annihilations and to give our planet a chance for peace, healing, harmony and the quality of life we deserve as basic rights regardless of gender, color, race or religious convictions.
The world's largest arms suppliers are U.S., U
Five of the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council
The printed, audio, video and links to the artistic expressions are testimonies from trapped lives in the forced playgrounds
Long after the media cameras shut down, the dazed civilians frozen in a space no longer animate, move as shadows and ghosts to mend the broken pieces of their lives: gathering the scattered pieces of their home with a family photo, a frying pan, a child’s clothing still carrying the scent of an offspring, the three-legged chair, part of a table, a wooden door holding nothing within, roofless school rooms with remains of desks and chairs with a distant memory of children’s voices; ravaged office buildings exposing detonated equipment with bulging wire guts. These are stories of crushed dreams and aspirations that once shaped the purpose for living as they mapped futures now blurred as erased chalkboards of a dreamlike past, a smudged distant memory, needing to
But the devastation of war–its horrors–its brutality–its injustice
While the survivors slowly re-patch the material world into a perforated shell barely holding life back together - they pulsate to life with attempts to confirm their own pulse.
The interviews presented here are not art reviews. Artists presented here are the guardians of these struggles
Jackie Abramian - 2016
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Testimonies of creative minds affected by brutalities of our times
Artists at War
Medieval Geghard Monastery - Armenia