Survivors, by Nazik Armenakyan
In an extensive documentary work that lasted 10 years, Nazik Armenakyan investigated, met and documented survivors of the Armenian genocide, doing a work of great importance in the get together of testimonies, images and evidences.
It is estimated that about 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the years 1915-1918 and 1920-1923, in a consequent and definite persecution orchestrated by the Ottoman Empire.
In Survivors, Nazik uses photography as a weapon against oblivion, portraying those who lived this persecution in the first person and who managed to survive it, who opened the doors of their homes and their lives, also displaying in photographic archives those who have already departed or who they have already been. The portrait has a double function here, in which the past becomes present, and the testimonies begin to have a body of image.
This is thus a work of enormous depth, that has on the image one of its course, documenting the present so as not to forget the past and casting memory roots to build the future.