What a Genocide 100 Years Ago Reveals About the War in Syria Today

2015 Global Thinkers Ara Oshagan, Levon Parian, and Vahagn Thomasian discuss how the world hasn’t changed since the slaughter of their Armenian ancestors.

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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.

About the participants:

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. 

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.

About the participants:

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. 

Follow Ara and Vahagn on Twitter: @AraOshagan, @vthomasian.

Seyward Darby is the deputy editor for print at FP. Follow her on Twitter: @seywarddarby.

This podcast was recorded at FP’s annual Global Thinkers celebration in Washington, D.C.

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