Friday 13 October 2017
REIMAGINING A LOST ARMENIAN HOME: Armen T. Mesrobian
FRI OCT 13 AT 7:30PM
An illustrated presentation by Prof. Armen T. Marsoobian, Professor of Philosophy, Southern Connecticut State University. Author of the award-winning Fragments of a Lost Homeland: Remembering Armenia and Reimagining a Lost Armenian Home: The Dildilian Photography Collection published this year.
An illustrated talk about the history of the Dildilians, Armen's prominent family of photographers whose hundreds of surviving photos from Anatolia record a crucial half-century of Armenian culture and have been instrumental in countering the Turkish government's Genocide denial. For nearly a century, members of the family practiced the art of photography in Ottoman Turkey, Greece and the United States, with the earliest dating from 1888, when Tsolag Dildilian opened a studio in central Anatolia, first in Sepastia and later in Marsovan and Samsun.
Major photo exhibitions were mounted in Istanbul, Merzifon, Diyarbakir and Ankara. His books have been translated into Turkish and his work has garnered significant media attention.