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5 June 2007: “Recognition, Restoration, Reparation”

Posted by Christina on March 6, 2009

soad-araratThis was our final project for the Arts Criticism class. We were to focus on how art has a role in today’s society and, regardless of what form it took, how society perceived the art.

“Recognition, Restoration, Reparation”

“The history of the Armenian people is a story stained with tragedy, destruction and injustice-but, nevertheless, also a story of faith, perseverance, accomplishment and hope.”

– Governor of California, George Deukmejian, 1983-1991

The late-19th century and early-20th century was witness to atrocities occurring in and around the areas of historic Turkey and Armenia. The dictatorial triumvirate of the Three Pashas, Mehmed Talat Pasha, Ismail Enver and Ahmed Djemal revolted against then ruler Sultan Abdul Hamid II and orchestrated the events that lead up to the year when everything culminated in 1915. These members of the Young Turks, an organization believing in the reform of the Ottoman Empire’s current administration, went to extreme ends to get their point across. They dictated the details of the massacre, leaving a profound effect on the years of World War I.         

Historically, in 301 A.D., Armenia becomes the first nation to accept Christianity as a state religion. Traditions die hard in such a tight knit community of believes and Christianity had become more than just a tradition, it had become their way of life. To be persecuted for such an integral part of their Armenian heritage and identity lead many to believe that they would rather die and be forced to defy what made up a part of them as a whole. In their tirade of wanting ultimate rule, the main goal of the Three Pashas was to persecute the Armenians for their religious beliefs, tearing apart families for their Christianity and trying to separately brainwash the babies and youth they collected and orphaned into following the Muslim way. It was the first mark of the new century that showcased how important a religion was to a nation and how far they would go for their beliefs.

The lengths to which their Young Turk Revolution rattled against Hamid’s monarchy extended across the Caucasus. It was through these motions that placed The Young Turk movement into a position to develop a culture-oriented life for their surroundings, which they did by ways of stealing and conquering the culture around them. Rampant pillaging, plundering and raping of an entire nation of people could never amount to any sort of intellectual, artistic or political advancement. In fact, in the shadow of their actions, they remained in a state of decline that brought them to an even lower position culturally.

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3 May 2004: Benefit Concert Souls 2004 Raises Awareness

Posted by Christina on February 28, 2009

systemThis piece was clearly very close to my heart and I think I wouldn’t have been able to have it come out the way it did (or even have it come out at all) had it not been an issue I identified with. I was able to gain direct access to System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian and conduct a personal interview that shed some light on this very important event. For the first time, a world-renown group of Armenians were taking it upon themselves to let their fans and the entire world know exactly what made them who they are. By focusing on the Armenian Genocide and holding a benefit concert for the cause of awareness, they let a lot of people know exactly what it meant to be an Armenian living in today’s world.

New University Newspaper: Benefit Concert Souls 2004 Raises Awareness

Benefit Concert Souls 2004 Raises Awareness
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 26 | May 03 2004

System of a Down took the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on April 24, and made the entire place like their own home. It was as if the band threw this huge event and each band member invited all of their friends, cousins and their friends, parents’ friends and pretty much the entire society living in the diasporas of Southern California.

The members of System of a Down – vocalist and front man Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan, all of Armenian descent – lost family during the Armenian Genocide. The band’s Souls 2004 Benefit Concert was set for April 24, Genocide Commemoration Day, for a reason.

‘The purpose of Souls 2004 is to further raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) in 1915, and help facilitate its formal recognition as a genocide by the federal government,’ Tankian said.

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