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Fadi Asmar

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Photography is about story telling; stories of cultures, cities, environments and even just one person’s story can captivate attention & make a great story to share. In New York City following a passion

Reflections of a Collective Memory

Published June 21st, 2012

Reflections of a Collective Memory reflects and explores how a community constructs its identity when it is built on a common memory. Through a series of black and white portraits, a story unfolds of these immigrants of Armenian descent who currently live in the Greater New York Area. Though my subjects are from different stages in life and styles of living, they all share a memory of the Armenian Genocide that happened almost a century ago.

Telling this story in black and white, this body of work highlights how this memory is reflected in many areas of the Armenian community’s life today. The viewer is invited to witness the effects of a painful past and how it can reflect its shadow on the present. And yet, observe as well the notable expressions through painting and dance that capture this unique collective identity as it continues to grow in vibrancy from world-wide denial of the genocide.

My aim with this project was to explore the ramifications of this denial on this immigran ...

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