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Jampan is the story of my Grandmother's (Haiganush Melkonian) escape out of Turkey. Via Kurdistan and Syria, she ended up in Beirut.
Nene shares her stories with me in the kitchen, as we cook Kofte (a traditional Middle Eastern meat dish) together.
PODCASTS & ORAL HISTORIES.
THE WALK TO REBIRTH, 2019
The Walk To Rebirth observes the lives of Ottoman Armenians living in Lebanon post-genocide.
Recounts of the genocide from children (now in their 80s) of parents who survived, as well as reflections on being Lebanese-Armenian, for those whose families settled in Lebanon.
MY GRANDMOTHER HAIGANUSH AND HER SISTER VARTANOUSH WITH THEIR CHILDREN
COLLABORATIVE PIECES & COMISSIONS
As an artist, my main goal is to preserve. To preserve the past, as well as the present, for the future generations. As an Armenian artist, this goal is even more precious. Armenian history, specifically Ottoman Armenian history, which is where my focus lies, is extremely important to protect. The genocide not only took more than 1 million lives, but it destroyed history and it silenced hundreds of thousands. Many who were lucky enough to escape found themselves later being displaced, this time through the wars that ravaged the Middle East and again silenced their stories. HOMEGROWN is a project to protect the stories, history and culture of Armenians.
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