The Life of Peasants in Armenia by Mery Agakhanyan was part of Multimedia Night: Women in Multimedia, curated by Laura De Marco and Erica McDonald for Arte fiera, at Spazio Labo’|Center of Photography tinyurl.com/spaziolabo in Bologna, Italy, 1/28/2012.
Women in Multimedia is a rich selection of multimedia projects by some of the most important women photographers on the international scene. Multimedia Night: Women in Multimedia was realized in collaboration with Slideluck Potshow www.slideluckpotshow.com/, Daylight Magazine www.daylightmagazine.org/, FlakPhoto.com www.flakphoto.com/, Prospekt www.prospekt.it/ and DEVELOP vimeo.com/channels/developphoto – with special thanks to Food For Your Eyes www.foodforyoureyes.tumblr.com, the Vivian Maier/John Maloof Collection and Panos Pictures. See other pieces included in the event: http://vimeo.com/album/1823033
The Life of Peasants in Armenia: Mery Agakhanyan documented life in small villages throughout Armenia. Due to the absence of job opportunities, low wages, lack of social support, and the inability to farm their lands due to harvest losses, high interest rates on farm loans, or lack of agricultural equipment, many village residents have migrated to Russia to work as laborers and construction workers. Agakhanyan photographed portraits of those—often the elderly, women, and children—who are left behind, as well as domestic life and local customs and rituals, in order to capture not only the daily life, but also the unique mood and culture, of these villages.
In addition to the group slideshow, solo multimedia pieces featuring the works of Aglaé Bory, Alexandra Boulat, Alisa Resnik, Amy Touchette, Anastasia Taylor-Lind , Andrea Diefenbach, Anna Boyiazis, Anna Nemtsova, Anne Huijnen, Audrey Bardou, Betty Ras, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Carolyn Drake, Cristina Vatielli, Elinor Carucci, Erica McDonald, Erika Larsen, Esther Levine, Hayley Austin, Helen Levitt, Helen Twomey, Jenn Ackerman, Jennette Williams, Jen Plaskowitz, Jodi Bieber, Juliana Beasley, Julie Blackmon, Justine Reyes, Katrin Björk, Keliy Anderson-Staley, Kim Reierson, Kirsten Luce, Laura El-Tantawy, Lauren Hermele, Lynette Astair, Maise Crow, Mery Agakhanyan, Mila Teshaieva, Mirjam Siefert, Nandita Raman, Rena Effendi, Rose Marie Cromwell, Sarah Girner, Sarah Pickering, Shannon Jensen, Sophia Wallace, Stephanie Sinclair, Susan Morelock, Susan Worsham, Tatiana Plotnikova, Tatjana Schlör, Wendy Marijnissen and Vivian Maier were presented at Spazio Labo’ for Multimedia Night: Women in Multimedia.
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