Aylin Vartanyan


Ernaux's first years of writing coincide with the times when the women in our family could not write. We should also remember the reality that writing was interrupted for Armenian women, and that their priorities were confined to domestic and extra-domestic labor to sustain their families and themselves.

Lang's selection of photographs traces the Armenian heritage in Turkey, including the ruins of churches, houses and monasteries, hybrid structures that emerge from the combination of two incompatible architectural styles of two different eras, and natural environments with an unsettling tranquility. The first question I asked myself, especially when I first saw the photographs of Armenian heritage, was why my knowledge of the stories carried by these ruined architectural structures frozen in time was so limited.

Parrhesia has been and continues to be a place where we, as Armenian women, share intellectual exchanges as well as issues of womanhood, friendship, mourning and melancholy. And we are trying to make this impossible existence possible by multiplying our own words, artistic productions and research. We are also happy that we will reach out to the readers and share our activities in this space that Agos newspaper provided us with every fortnight.