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«1915» is an interactive exhibition devoted to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. The idea that lies behind the project is facing cruelty, discrimination and violence in modern world through the events of 1915-1923.

DESIGN
The authors of the project are two young artists Rafael Durnoyan and Vagan Saroyan. Within the gallery they will gather a group of outstanding Armenian workers of art. Investigation of the theme of cruelty, discrimination and violence made them create a unique space where one can watch a number of performances, get acquainted with scientific works, attend lectures and meet various workers of art and science.

Project "1915" challenges the common understanding of culture as a material production. Its immersive situations re-establish the traditional museum environment. As a result a new space emerges. It combines different cultures, genres and art movements. The concept of authorship becomes vague as the work is being created by a unity if people and artists of different backgrounds. And this is what makes this place unique. Performances and other works break strict museum rules and thus offer new behavioural patterns.

SPACE ARTWORK
LOCATION

«1915» exhibitions will take place in one of the Moscow galleries. The project presupposes expedition trips to Armenia, France, Germany, Italy, the USA and other countries.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME
Educational programme will be developed as part of the exhibition. It will be devoted to the investigation of the issues of modern genocidology. Also well-known lecturers will speak on the source studies of the problem of genocide.


20 volunteer performers
10 artists
10 dancers
8 musicians
5 actors
3 lecturers
1 choreographer
1 director

ORIGINS AND AIMS
Genocide is a crime which we cannot possibly imagine in the present world. But nonetheless massacres, violence, terror and discrimination are not unusual even today. Generation has almost passed, everything remains in the past like all the inhumane events of the 20th century, and now all we can do is remember them, realise all the consequences and share this knowledge with next generations in order to avoid such history loops.

«1915» exhibition sets several goals. First of all it presents knowledge and memory. These horrific events of the past must not be buried in oblivion. It is the knowledge that shapes our worldview, thus we should not keep silent. We consider it a crime to deny or conceal the truth. It is our strong belief that the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire must be recognised first and foremost by the people, and then by the state itself. Today it seems almost impossible due to the political situation and tendencies worldwide. That is why we should communicate it to the community and to the new generation. Our main goal is to unite people and to prevent genocide perpetuation in future. To recognise, to accept and to prevent.


Genocide means destroying separate population groups or even whole nations due to political, racial, national, ethnical or religious motives.

What is the Armenian Genocide?

The Armenian genocide is the massacre of the Armenian population that took place in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. People were killed in various parts of the Empire on behalf of the Young Turks and their government. The first international reaction to these events was the Joint Declaration signed by Russia,France and Great Britain in May 1915, which defined the violent treatment of Armenians as «a crime against humanity and civilisation». The parties found the Turkish government guilty of this crime.


Why did the Armenian Genocide happen?

With the outbreak of World War I the Young Turks adopted the policy of Pan-Turkism while trying to pull together the remains of the weakened Ottoman Empire. Such policy presupposed the establishment of a huge Turkish Empire, which would have encompassed all the peoples of the Caucasus and Middle Asia that speak turkic languages and reach China. It also meant Turkification all non-Turkish national minorities. The Armenian population was viewed as a major obstacle in the way towards the realisation oа this programme.

Although the decision to expel all the Armenians from Western Armenia (Eastern Turkey) was made in the end of the 1911, the Young Turks realised it making advantage of the outbreak of World War I.


How many people were killed in the Armenian Genocide?

Before World War I the Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire numbered about 2 million. In the years 1915-1923 about 1,5 million were killed. The rest found shelter in other countries or were converted to Islam against their will.

The mechanism of Genocide

Genocide is a deliberate extermination of a group of people and its aim is to put an end to their collective existence. Hence it requires centralised planning and the inner mechanism of its implementation. This makes genocide a state crime as only a state possesses all the resources needed for carrying out such a policy.

Rafael Durnoyan
«I don't want to go into detail of the political situation around the Genocide. I want people to accept and know the history. It is the knowledge that will help shut out these horrific events, maintaining peace and love in every house.»
Contact us
Rafael Durnoyan
+7 (919) 101 69 99
rafaeldk09@gmail.com
Vagan Saroyan
+7 (915) 395 33 93
vagan.saroyan@gmail.com

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