I have always been fascinated by the diversity of our community and Diaspora. It’s almost like you could name any country in the world and you can find the existence of an Armenian community there, even if it is tiny. Recently I have found out that even though our modern Diaspora is mostly a result of the Armenian Genocide, our Diaspora is actually 1700 years old! Today, only one third of the Armenian population actually lives in Armenia, with approximately 7,000,000 Armenians spread everywhere else in the world. Continue reading “Armenian women around the world: Meet Maria Carolina Chaves Indjaian from Brazil”
This next portrait is the one of Ruzanna Gasparyan, a 26 year-old Armenian American from Los Angeles. Ruzanna shares with us here her experience about identity, patriotism and the need to fight unrealistic expectations about “real” Armenianness and Armenian femininity. Continue reading “Armenian women around the world: Meet Ruzanna Gasparyan from California”
Let’s go back on our trip around the world to meet and learn more about Armenian women and their different experiences, lives and aspirations in Armenia and the Diaspora! This new portrait is the one of Lizzy Vartanian Collier, a writer, curator and model from London, United Kingdom. Lizzy tells us about her work and passion for contemporary Middle Eastern Art, her mixed identity, and her impressions during her first trip to Armenia, where she was amazed by the warmth of her hosts. Continue reading “Armenian women around the world: Meet Lizzy Vartanian Collier from London”
This next portrait is the one of amazing Mary Basmadjian, an Armenian-American stand up comedian from California. My cousins and I are big fans, always sending each other her videos or watching them together, so I’m super happy that she accepted to take part in this project! Mary shares with us here how her identity as an Armenian woman and her profession intersect to discuss important issues and promote positive change in our community and beyond.
I wanted to thank you guys so much for the supportive comments I have received in the past few days, and I thought that until I am able to publish new portraits of Armenian women around the world, I could share my own portrait with you guys so you can learn more about the rationale behind the project “Anahit of Erebuni”.