Proverbs from our foremothers

In April last year, Kamee Abrahamian (@29cents) contacted me on Instagram to ask me to collaborate on a project: an illustrated collection of proverbs from Armenian women. Fast forward one year, a lot of research and dedication: our little baby is finally here with 32 pages, 13 original illustrations, and 14 quotes from 13 Armenian women such as Zabel Yesayan, Srpuhi Dussap and Shushanik Kurghinian. The little book also contains a foreword and a list of sources so you can dig deeper and learn more about the women we featured!

Excerpt:

“We put this together because as feminists and Armenians living in the diaspora, we often find ourselves searching (digging) and yearning (desperately) to hear/feel the voices of women in our ancestry and community – not only when our struggles become unbearable, but also when we want to celebrate ourselves, our powers, our-making-of-the-impossible-possible.”

Illustrations you will find in the book:

 

Do you want to order yours? Contact me via e-mail (anahitoferebuni@gmail.com), or slide into our DMs on Instagram (@29cents or @anahitoferebuni)!

P.S.: This project is an ever-evolving, collaborative endeavor. We welcome thoughts, suggestions, and any form of support you are able to offer – so please write to us!

Telling the untold: the transformative art of Kalik

I started the “Anahit of Erebuni” project last year because I felt like there was so much I wanted to express. Though, since the beginning, I have been focusing on highlighting the work and heritage of other Armenian women, my work felt very personal to me, it was a healing process through which I was externalizing feelings and opinions I had kept inside of me since I was a kid. I was longing for the possibility to be represented and valued as an Armenian woman who would define her Armenianness and femininity herself and beyond the traditional frames imposed on us. Continue reading “Telling the untold: the transformative art of Kalik”

Commentary of Vittoria Aganoor’s Poem “Pasqua Armena”, 1910

In 1910, Vittoria Aganoor, an Italian-Armenian poetess, mostly unknown today, though she is defined as an important figure of nineteenth century poetry in Italy, wrote a poem called “Pasqua Armena” (Armenian Easter), in her native Italian tongue. As I mentioned in a previous post, Vittoria didn’t know how to speak Armenian and would lament it in her correspondence with a Mekhitarist priest from San Lazzaro degli Armeni, but this didn’t impede her from being close to her roots and write committed poems about them. Continue reading “Commentary of Vittoria Aganoor’s Poem “Pasqua Armena”, 1910″

The women documenting the Syrian-Armenian experience in Armenia

Since the civil war started in Syria in 2011, approximately 20,000 Syrian Armenians decided to seek refuge in Armenia, bringing with them their intellectual, handcrafting and entrepreneurial skills as well as their specific culture and food, thus modifying the characteristics of Armenia for the best. This was the observation of Anna Kamay, an art curator from Yerevan, who after returning home from Morocco was pleasantly surprised to see how Syrian Armenians were contributing to improving their original homeland. And in order to honor these newcomers and highlight their impact but also the challenges they face, Anna Kamay curated two photo exhibitions in Yerevan in February and December 2017 featuring the work of three Armenian female photographers – Anush Babajanyan, Nazik Armenakyan and Piruza Khalapyan. Continue reading “The women documenting the Syrian-Armenian experience in Armenia”

Meet photographer Diana Markosian

Diana Markosian is a 27 year-old Armenian-American photographer who explores the relationship between memory and place. She was born in Moscow, Russia, and left to the United States with her mother and brother in 1996, though her father remained in Russia. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her work has been featured in the National Geographic Magazine, the New Yorker and the New York Times, among others.

Diana Markosian
Diana Markosian

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