Aguline Tatoulian, 85 and blind, summoned her children and grandchildren to the dining-room table and began recounting a story she had told each of them when they were very small.It was the story of…
Aguline Tatoulian, during the Armenian Genocide, she shaved off her hair and dressed herself up in men’s fatigues in order to protect herself and defend her city of 35,000, which was being raped and pillaged by the Turks. She was shot in her left rib and lived with that bullet for 67 years. She was 1 of 9 women who survived the massacres Hadjin town, Adana Province in 1918. A couple of months after she survived, she wrote and staged a play to raise relief funds for survivors. Before she died in 1985, she requested she not be buried with a Turkish bullet -it sits in a museum in Armenia today.
The coat-of-arms of the A.R.F. consists of a flag, a quill (feather) pen, a sword/dagger and a shovel. Coat-of-arms is translated into Armenian as “Zee-na-nuh-shan.” The flag is red, symbolizing revolution. The pen, sword and shovel symbolize the different types of members in the organization:
Pen - symbolizes the intellect
Sword - symbolizes the soldier
Shovel - symbolizes the worker.
Some members will be the intellects, some will be the soldiers, while others will be the workers. If one believes in the aims of the organization, then one can find a place to contribute as part of the organization. The A.R.F. had, and has, a need for all types of people. All types are equally important. Each individual brings his/her own skills to the organization. By working together, the members of the ARF will strive for the Armenian Cause.
Frances Benjamin Johnston, full-length portrait, seated in front of fireplace, facing left, holding cigarette in one hand and a beer stein in the other, in her Washington, D.C. studio, 1896
Archive for a Mountain, Marc Handelman
As massive as its subject matter at 740 pages, Archive For A Mountain by Marc Handelman is a catalog of images—screenshots, scans, microfilm, analog photos, and essays—of the German-Austrian mountain the Untersberg. Its overwhelming scale creates a rich playing field for different modes of viewing experience.
Her + Him Van LEO (2001)
Akram Zaatari was born in 1966 in Beirut where he still lives. His artistic and curatorial products include film, video, photographic, and written works. Akram Zaatari is a founding member of the Arab Image Foundation.
Her + Him Van Leo is a portrait and a conversation with the Armenian/Egyptian photographer Van Leo. It is an autobiographical account of his life, his witness of a changing Egypt, and his practice in and views on the transformation of the photographic medium. Photographs of the filmmaker’s grandmother posing nude for the photographer are juxtaposed with the photographer’s conversation, leading to the exhibition of two lives: one revealed, the other obscured.ian photographer Van Leo. It is an autobiographical account of his life, his witness of a changing Egypt, and his practice in and views on the transformation of the photographic medium. Photographs of the filmmaker’s grandmother posing nude for the photographer are juxtaposed with the photographer’s conversation, leading to the exhibition of two lives: one revealed, the other obscured.
EdoArt Studios, Beirut, 1960s