Diana Markosian’s best photograph: the 105-year-old Armenian who escaped genocide
As an Armenian born in Moscow and raised in America, photograph Diana Markosian decided to embrace the Armenian part of her family history by performing a serie of photographs implying centenarian survivors of the Armenian genocide perpetrated by Ottomans’ authorities in 1915.
Currently recognized as a genocide by 29 countries, these massacres are still not fully acknowledged by the Turkish government.
The photograph project implied Movses Haneshyan (105), Yepraksia Barseghyan-Gevorgyan (108) and Mariam Sahakyan (102) who where toddlers and small child at the time of the genocide but managed to escape with part of their families.
They never came back to their former villages since and thanks to Diana Markosian they were finally able to reconnect with those territories and memories. Together, they established the exact coordinates of the villages they’d left behind and set out to find them.
The photograph recreates the places as they were and grants the whishes asked by the survivors: find the now destroyed church for Movses Haneshyan, find a lost brother for Yepraksia Barseghyan-Gevorgyan and bring some soil back for Mariam Sahakyan.
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"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan