Art, Human Rights, and Genocide studies.
April 1, 2021: The month of April is dedicated to genocide awareness, and as the Zoryan Institute adapts to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s always striving to find new ways to increase such awareness, and acknowledge the importance of genocide education.
Last April, the Zoryan Institute shared the Clips from the Collection Series, which allowed for observance and commemoration of the Armenian Genocide from the safety of our homes. This year, the Zoryan Institute is pleased to provide another unique and visual way to mark Genocide Awareness Month, the Forces & Factors Art Book and Virtual Gallery.
The Zoryan Institute believes that art can transcend the barriers of language, provoke thought, and promote and inspire social change. The Forces and Factors art book presents both the academic work of the Zoryan Institute and artistic representations of the forces and factors that shape our lives relating to the topics of genocide, human rights, diaspora, and homeland relations, while the virtual gallery showcases a sample of the multi-media found in the book with pieces from a diverse group of local and international artists.
This Genocide Awareness Month, the Zoryan Institute encourages you to take part in the conversation by exploring awareness through art and sharing with your networks.
The Forces & Factors Virtual Gallery
In 2019, the Zoryan Institute successfully used art to showcase its work in human rights, genocide studies, and diaspora-homeland relations through the publication, Forces and Factors (find it here).
To make this initiative more accessible and interactive, the Zoryan Institute designed and curated the Forces & Factors Virtual Gallery. The art featured in the gallery, contributed by an array of talented local and international artists, has the ability to transcend nationality, background and beliefs. While a specific piece may be personal to the artist, all of the pieces in the gallery are capable of resonating with a wide range of diverse experiences.