Ten years in the making, ‘Survivors’ is an ambitious photographic narrative about surviving victims of the Armenian genocide, which includes portraits, interior scenes, witness testimonies and archival photographs. The project shows the significance of photography in forging an understanding of 1915 and its impact on individual identities.
‘Survivors’ began as a single portrait assignment while Armenakyan was completing a photo-documentary course at the Caucasus Media Institute in 2005. She would quickly go on to establish a successful career as one of the most highly regarded photojournalists working in Armenia. But the overwhelming reaction to that first photograph – Remella Amlikyan’s portrait – encouraged Armenakyan to develop this project further. In a 2015 interview, the photographer explained that it was important for her ‘to show that these people… were not immortal, even if they had lived a hundred years and still continued to live because they have a message. I understood that having kept their message silent for all these years, they were waiting for something.’ Eventually, Armenakyan managed to record forty-five survivors still living in Armenia.
- Project Roles
- Artist, Editor (Brand/Content), Photographer
- Documentary, Photojournalism
- Personal Project, Photography, Photojournalism
- Project Industries