“It is understandable - and even possible in political realm- that eventually one day an organized human community in a completely democratic way -with majority decision- will conclude that in general, it is beneficial for the community to destroy some specific components”
It is stated that migration has been one of the main thoroughfares of civilization developments. Here, however, we are not going to conclude a particular outcome by this general warrant. Especially during the time when migration has become a substantial and major problem the current migration logic has been entirely different compared with previous ones. Our goal is not to simply start from the basics and then evaluate the subject through the distortion which has been imposed by history. On the contrary, we want to present the historical consciousness, ups and downs and contradictions of a specific case at a certain point.
Armenians form one of the oldest branches of Christian world, which is organized in an ethnic structure. When complex religious and ethnic syndromes, which are tied with the wandering of these people who have always been in exile and migration, create an exquisite blend in terms of works, culture and social life. This process which has been formed out of three modes of religious, ethnicity and history ( Doesn't this trinity carry a Christian secret?) , interacted with Iranian sub-cultures just like a sub-culture itself, when it settled in Iran. Thus, today, denying their influences and impacts on Iranian culture, as one of the oldest races in the country seems difficult.
Armenians converting to Christianity in 301 A.D. Separated them from Persians who were mainly Zoroastrian, and Persians converting to Islam in the seventh century gave a different aspect to this separation. Interaction of Armenian community with Iran appeared when Shah Abbas moved Armenians from close to Iran's boarders and accommodated them in the core of Iranian plateau.
This interaction had been continued until the beginning of 20th century by events such as Constitutional Revolution and the massacre of Armenians during the world war one.
Photography of minorities is usually accompanied by the statement " There is a danger lurking for them" , and the photographer tries to discover this plot and expose it. This view usually projects the danger of an external task and calls for documentation. In this project, I didn't proceed to Armenians as a minority, but i tried to evaluate their struggles and internal actions as they are, and study the contradictions, gaps, and volatilities in the identity of this community, within a larger one named Iran. I've been trying to approach the odyssey of this image in Armenians' particular case in Iran. With the best wishes