For this second portrait, I am very excited to introduce you guys to Zaruhy Sangochian who is a third generation Armenian Mexican, passionate about architecture, cities and illustration. She is sharing with us the ways in which having Armenian heritage has influenced her life and personality, but also how hard it has been to learn more about her heritage due to the hardship and pain of her family.
Even though Armenian women have always been pillars of their communities and real sources of resilience, little visibility has been given to them in our national narratives. To fill the gaps, I have started the project “Anahit of Erebuni” which mostly focuses on highlighting the unique contributions of women to our culture’s history. But this contribution isn’t only a thing from the past: every single one of us today has a unique way of preserving our culture and being Armenian, and I would love to highlight the beauty of this diversity by presenting portraits of present day Armenian women from around the world.
This first portrait is the one of Diana Aboujian, who is Armenian from Venezuela, a little known diaspora community. Diana is sharing with us the story of her family and what it means to her to be Armenian.