2015 Global Thinkers Ara Oshagan, Levon Parian, and Vahagn Thomasian discuss how the world hasn’t changed since the slaughter of their Armenian ancestors.
- By Seyward DarbySeyward Darby is a story editor at Foreign Policy. She was previously an editor for the New Republic and Transitions Online , a Prague-based web magazine covering the former communist space. She has written for, among other publications, the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the New Civil Right Movement, and Balkan Insight, and she has also worked for Freedom House and Human Rights Watch. She has reported on diplomatic connections between Syrian rebels and Kosovo’s government, LGBT rights in Eastern Europe, and lackluster U.N. efforts to promote human rights in Burma. She holds a B.A. in English from Duke University and an M.A. in international relations with a concentration in human rights from Yale University, where she was a fellow with the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership, researching South Africa’s failure to compensate generations of gold miners suffering from tuberculosis, silicosis, and other occupational diseases. A native of eastern North Carolina, her peculiar name comes from this book .
In this week’s Global Thinkers podcast, photographers Ara Oshagan and Levon Parian and architect Vahagn Thomasian share their experiences growing up in the shadow of the Armenian genocide and explore how that’s informed their art. FP deputy editor for print Seyward Darby hosts.
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Photographers Ara Oshagan and Levon Parian and architect Vahagn Thomasian are 2015 Global Thinkers and artists of Armenian descent. Their public art project, iwitness, took over Los Angeles’s Grand Park for a month last year, featuring massive black-and-white portraits of survivors from the Armenian genocide, as well as printed snippets of survivor testimony. Oshagan and Parian have been documenting the oral histories and photographing survivors of the genocide since 1995.
This podcast was recorded at FP’s annual Global Thinkers celebration in Washington, D.C.
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